YoungMinds & Cyber Aware encourage young people to take a break from their smartphones

Published 17 October 2017

YoungMinds and Cyber Aware are highlighting the benefits for young people of managing their phone use, and encouraging them to take a break from their smartphones to help improve their wellbeing and cyber security.

A new poll from YoungMinds and Cyber Aware reports that over a fifth (21%) of 18-25 year-olds surveyed spend more than 6 hours a day on their smartphones. This is despite the fact that more than half of them (60%) agree that they would benefit from taking a short break from their smartphones.

To encourage young people to take a break from their smartphones, YoungMinds and Cyber Aware are highlighting the benefits of managing their phone use and how this can improve their wellbeing.

Cyber Aware is also encouraging everyone to have a #techfree15 minutes to install their software and app updates as they contain security updates which are designed to fix weaknesses in software and apps which could be used by hackers to attack your device and steal your identity.

Cyber Aware also recommends using a strong, separate password for your email account. Hackers can use your email to access many of your personal accounts, by asking for your password to be reset, and finding out personal information, such as your bank details, address or date of birth, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud.

For further information and to download campaign materials visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk, or follow us @CyberAwareGov.

Report any cyber crime you are a victim of to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or contact 0300 123 2040.

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