Safety Online

During the enforced closure of the College due to the Covid-19 outbreak our pupils will be working at home more and their use of the internet will increase.

On this page you will find some resources that will highlight some of the ways you can make sure pupils are safe online.

All these resources come from the UK Safer Internet Centre athttps://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ and were produced as part of Safer Internet Day 2020

This video tells you what it means to be safe online:https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=81&v=1I1CGKuZZm8&feature=emb_logo

In this film for 11-18 year olds, which replicates a social media story, we hear young people share really interesting insights around two key questions around online identity: ‘Are people free to be who they are online?’ And ‘Is everyone fairly represented online?’

It asks thefollowing questions:

  • Is everyone free to be themselves online?
  • What did you think of the views expressed in this films?
  • What does it mean to be fairly represented online?
  • What do you wish we were free to be online?

This final film gives parents advice on how to talk to their children about their online lives. They asked young people to give their advice for parents and carers who want to talk to their children about their online lives. With tips ranging from having regular conversationsto not micro managing this film may even inspire you to talk to your own children about their tips for you!

Top tips for11-19s

  1. Protect your online reputation:use the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
  2. Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
  3. Don’t give in to pressure:if you lose your inhibitions you’ve lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.
  4. Respect the law:use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
  5. Acknowledge your sources:use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.

Other resources for pupils can be found here:https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-11-19s

More information for parents and carers can be found here:https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers