Computers 4 Carers
Aug 16

Top tips for carers and parents staying safe online

Safer Internet Day was celebrated across the globe on 11 February. Schools, companies, governments and wider were all involved to help encourage the safe, responsible and positive use of technology. For parents, Safer Internet Day is a great time to have a conversation with their child about staying safe online.To help you get started, here are some ideas and resources -

  • Talk to your child about their favourite websites. Starting a conversation on a positive foot can lead nicely into a chat about online safety.
  • If your child loves to use social networking sites, teach them about protecting their personal information by thinking about what they are sharing and who they are sharing it with. Show them how to use privacy settings, and how to block and report – and advise them to only accept friend requests from people they know in real life.
  • Remind your child that showing respect for others online is just as important as showing it offline. Encourage them to think before they post and encourage them to show positive behaviour online.
  • There are lots of ways you can advise your child about cyberbullying, if they are worried remind them to save the evidence and to always tell an adult they trust if something upsets them online.
  • There are ways in which you can help to prevent your child from seeing inappropriate content online. Have you considered parental controls and filtering in your home and also on your children’s portable internet enabled devices?


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Aug 16

Get carers online

How can the internet support carers?

Nearly nine in 10 carers find it difficult to leave their home1 due to their caring role, so the internet has a very valuable role to play in providing access to services and support to those who have difficulty accessing them in the offline world, particularly as over 98%2 of carers mainly access the internet from home.

The Trust, together with Crossroads Care, have carried out research into the way that carers use the internet and published a report aimed at organisations and local authorities who are looking at how the internet can be used to reach and support more carers. The report contains a detailed exploration of the advantages and challenges of providing carer support online, as well as the pros and cons for the main types of web services that are currently being offered.

Download "How can the web support carers"

Read the executive summary of the report.

How will this guide help?

  1. Offers advice and direction on the creation and expansion of websites and other online services for carers, based on the experiences of providers and the views of carers themselves.
  2. Includes information about barriers to accessing the internet and suggestions on how to overcome these issues
This project, funded by the Department of Health, included research into existing evidence, discussions with organisations already providing carer services online and focused research (online and face-to-face) with more than 400 carers or former carers.

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Aug 16

Get online today

Get OnLine Day is run by UK online centres and aims to reach people who do not use or who do not have access to the internet. Watch what people who have never used the internet have to say about the event and find out how they managed to learn online basics in one afternoon.



Aug 16

BBC Mention Computers 4 Carers

bbc computers for carersBBC First Click: Old laptops wanted to help UK carers.
The Computers4carers scheme looks to aid carers who are stuck in their homes.
A not-for-profit organisation from Norfolk is looking to address the isolation of carers around the UK by providing them with old laptops.
Nearly 100 free computers so far have been sent out by Chill4us to help carers connect with the outside world.
They are now appealing for the public to send in more of their old equipment.
"Many carers are stuck at home 24 hours a day, so giving them a laptop gives them a life," said Wendy Maxwell, who runs Computers4carers.
"I set up Computers4carers about two years ago after I saw that lots of computers were being sent to help people abroad.
"I knew lots of carers who were struggling to access a computer, so I started to campaign for free computers for carers.
"We do it all voluntarily and we have given out about 100 to carers across the UK - many from Norfolk - all free of charge.
"It can make such a difference to carers' lives - they can find help and support online, friendship or even order their shopping."
Anyone wishing to donate a laptop can do so through the Computers4carers website or by sending them an e-mail.
The laptops must be in working order and have at least Windows Vista.
Carers who would like to put their name down for a computer should register on the Chill4us forums or by sending an e-mail.
For help getting connected to the internet for the first time at home, call BBC First Click on 08000 150 950 or read more.

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