Parent/Guardian Letter from Police Scotland

OFFICIAL: NONE

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Across the country, young people are increasingly being asked by fraudsters to receive and send money through their own bank accounts, sometimes keeping some of the cash for themselves. This is commonly known as being a money mule.

Criminals need money mules to launder the profits of their crimes. Mules will usually be unaware of where the money comes from – often fraud and scams – and that it can go on to fund crimes such as drug dealing and people trafficking.

Fraudsters will approach young people online or in person, including through social media, and at school, college or sports clubs. Sometimes it’s people they know who persuade them to become a money mule, often because they are also doing it.

Being a money mule is illegal.

When someone is caught, their bank account will be closed, and they will have problems getting student loans, mobile phone contracts and credit in the future. They could even face arrest for money laundering which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

We need your help to warn young people about the dangers and consequences of becoming a money mule.

Tell-tale signs that someone might be involved include them suddenly having extra cash, buying expensive new clothes or top-of-the-range mobile phones and gadgets with very little explanation as to how they got the money. They may also become secretive, withdrawn or appear stressed.

You can find out more information and advice by visiting www.moneymules.co.uk.

If you are worried that someone close to you might be caught up in money muling, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.

You can also report a fraud in Scotland to Police Scotland by calling 101.

Please do not attempt to contact any individual you suspect of being involved in money muling.

OFFICIAL: NONE

Jessie & Friends: online safety education for 4-7s


CEOP Education Team announce the launch of Jessie and Friends, a new online safety education resource for 4-7 year olds.

Jessie & Friends is a three-episode animated series from ThinkUKnow which aims to equip 4-7 year olds with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to help them stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online.

“We are delighted to announce the launch of Jessie & Friends, our new online safety education resource for 4-7 year olds.
Based on a series of three fun, age-appropriate animations, Jessie & Friends follows Jessie, Mo and Tia as they view, share and game their way towards a safer future online.”

CEOP Education Team

Poster – Chromebook Accessibility and Learning Tools

Screenshot of Chromebook Accessibility poster

CALL Scotland have just launched a helpful A3 colour poster which has real potential for helping raise awareness of the built-in assistive technologies available in all Chromebooks.

Chromebooks first arrived on the scene in 2011 and are popular for being affordable, lightweight and quick to ‘boot-up’ laptops.

Recent accessibility updates to the Chromebook have been greatly enhanced and now include a range of built-in accessibility tools found on other devices such as Windows, Macs and iPads.

The poster highlights important tools such as:

  • Finding and turning on accessibility features
  • Listening to text spoken aloud
  • Voice Typing
  • Magnification tools
  • ChromeVox
  • Mouse options including dwell clicking.

Pexels.com: Good quality CC licensed images you are free to use

Wood Frame Mini Chalk Board: CC0 licensed image by Pexels.com https://www.pexels.com/photo/wood-frame-mini-chalk-board-159622/
    Wood Frame Mini Chalk Board: CC0 licensed image by Pexels.com https://www.pexels.com/photo/wood-frame-mini-chalk-board-159622/ 

Making web site of Twitter posts attractive needs good images, and Pexels.com looks a good source of quality, free stock photos if you don’t have anything else available. 

They’re all free to use for personal or commercial purposes under a Creative Commons licence.

If you’re using the Featured Posts Grid or Slider in the Twenty Fourteen theme, this is an ideal way of quickly finding appropriate images to illustrate those posts which don’t include your own photograph.

NSPCC Sexting Guidance

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James White at Ineqe Group (www.ineqe.com) has drawn our attention to this NSPCC guidance on sexting.

NSPCC Research – 15% increase in counselling related to sexting.

NSPCC has produced a guide to assist parents talk with children about the dangers and legalities surrounding sexting, empowering them to say no to requests. Access to the guide can be found here http://buff.ly/2aXXSFJ