You may remember our story from November last year when the Digital Training Team headed over to Hatherleigh to provide an online safety session to Madewell. Well, we were lucky enough to be invited back again to deliver a ‘Staying Safe Online’ workshop.

Madewell are a CIC based at West Fishleigh Farm in Hatherleigh, West Devon. They provide care and support to all individuals, particularly those with Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Mental Health and Loneliness.  They provide a multitude of opportunities on their accessible site from Farming to Woodwork and, of course, workshops!

So, on a lovely sunny Thursday morning myself and Lee (both Digital Skills Advisers) headed along the A30 to Madewell to deliver our Staying Safe Online workshop.

On arrival we were greeted by the lovely people at Madewell surrounded by a range of fresh produce, including Pumpkins, which is all grown on site and available to buy. We headed down to the workshop room and got ready to go.

7 Madewell clients attended the workshop where we started off with a discussion about what worries people had about being online. Some great things came from the discussion including Cyberbullying/Trolling, Financial Abuse, Viruses and more. And there the learning began!

We covered Social Media and steps people can take to ensure their safety when using platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. We explored privacy when using these sites and things anyone can do to ensure your information is only shared with those that you want to see it. This section also covered ‘Trolling’ and effective ways of responding to any online abuse or negativity.

We then looked at email safety and explored ‘Phishing’ and ‘Spam’. We identified a number of warning signs of spam emails and ways we could check whether or not the email was genuine.

Safety when browsing the internet was our next stop where we looked at keeping our devices and browsers safe and things to make sure we keep ourselves safe when browsing.

Now, an Online Safety wouldn’t be complete without looking at passwords. What’s a good password? What’s a bad password? How can we create memorable passwords? All of these questions were answered by the attendees and they now have a number of idea’s and techniques for creating strong passwords.

We would like to thank everyone at Madewell that helped arrange the session and, of course, took part in the session for their hospitality and eagerness to get involved and take part. One of the attendees even gave the workshop 11 out of 10!

If you would be interested in a Staying Safe Online workshop, or to discuss any other workshops you may benefit from, for yourself or for your organisation then please don’t hesitate to get in touch – either by phone on 0330 088 3005 or email us on [email protected].