NSPCC and O2 urge parents to make online safety a New Year's resolution

The NSPCC and O2 are urging parents to make online safety a priority for their children if they are given smartphones, tablets or games consoles this Christmas.

The advice comes after the charity and mobile network operator found that thousands of parents who have played the O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids online safety quiz were getting questions about parental controls wrong.


Force tackles online paedophile crime

Devon & Cornwall Police, working in partnership with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Association of Chief Police Officers, has delivered a successful proactive operation to safeguard children across the peninsula by targeting paedophiles that access indecent images of children online.

The operation which lasted for over nine months targeted those viewing, sharing or...

Top tips to say safe online

Is there any way to stop the rise in fraud and online crime?

As the latest results of the Crime Survey for England and Wales are released, the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (NHWN) looks at how you can avoid becoming a victim.

“People are becoming more aware that they need to protect themselves, but are often still not taking some quite simple steps,” says NHWN Chairman...

Teenagers more likely to repeat 'risky' online behaviour

School-age teenagers who have previously engaged in risky online behaviour are much more likely than young adults to repeat such behaviour in the future, according to a new study by Plymouth University.

In an attempt to understand the psychological mechanisms contributing to young people’s online risk taking, researchers examined their tendency towards behaviours seen by parents and...

Digital ignorance threat to SW businesses

Eighty per cent of businesses in the South West feel inspired to grow, and 87% feel capable of doing so. However, the government’s Do More Online campaign is highlighting the risk that small businesses will be hampered because they are not doing enough online and are missing out on opportunities to find more customers, be more efficient, and save money.

The Do More Online campaign...

Plymouth at risk of burglary through Social Media

Over two in three Plymouth residents put themselves at risk of home break-ins, study finds.

A study conducted by the Safe Shop has found that people from Plymouth are not taking the necessary precautions on social media, therefore leaving themselves more open to burglary.

Personal information, crucial for burglars in selecting target properties, is being posted on social media...

Employees offered help to get online

Employees across Plymouth are being offered ICT training to help hundreds of people get better skills for work.

Council leader Tudor Evans has written to organisations and companies in the city offering ICT training for employees who would like to get more confident around computers and online.

The initiative follows the Council’s own successful pilot scheme to improve basic...

Millions of wills available to search online

The wills of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Beatrix Potter are among millions which have been made accessible to the public through a searchable online database.

The government’s archive of 41 million wills dates back to 1858 and will enable people to find out more about their family histories, as well as researching the last wishes of some of the most influential...

Family furniture firm to boost online presence

A FAMILY-run furniture store is looking for two new employees with an ‘eye for detail’ to help continue to develop its online presence. Fairway Furniture, which has four stores based in the South West, is looking to recruit two website administrators and content creators at its Plymouth head office in Billacombe Road. Peter Harding, managing director of Fairway Furniture, said: “In the Autumn...

Plymouth launches £330,000 Get Online programme

One of the largest projects in the UK to help people get online and build their digital skills and confidence officially launches in Plymouth today.

The Get IT Together project is a £330,000 initiative in the city which is part of BT’s nationwide Connected Society programme and run by the specialist digital inclusion charity Citizens Online.

It helps people to gain online...