The safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children/young people must include the ICT environment.

Causes of possible concern include:

  • The use of internet chat rooms, discussion forums and bulletin boards for the grooming of children/young people
  • Transmitting pornographic images
  • Text bullying, recording of images on phones for internet transmission

eSafety Top Tips

  1. Always think of your personal safety first when using ICT or your mobile phone. Remember it is easy for anyone to lie about who they are online, so you can never really be sure about who you are talking to.
  2. Do not give out any personal information about yourself online to people you do not know. This includes your full name, address, street name, postcode, or school name.
  3. Never give your contact number to anyone who you don’t know.
  4. It’s a good idea to use a nickname rather than your real name online.
  5. Don’t meet people that you have only spoken to online.
  6. Never give out pictures online or over a mobile. It is easy for people to take your pictures and alter them, send them on, or even pretend to be you with them.
  7. Always use private settings whenever you are setting up a social networking page or an Instant Messenger (IM) account. This is so people who you don’t want to see your profile can’t.
  8. Anything you post or upload to the internet is there forever so be very careful what you put online.
  9. Never go onto webcam with people you don’t know in real life. Webcam images can be recorded and copied and also shared with other people.
  10. If you receive any messages or pictures that worry or upset you talk to an adult you trust. You may also report it online, via thinkuknow or CEOP.

Parents’ Guides

Resource Download
Instagram Parents’ Guide Download File
Kik Messenger Parents’ Guide Download File Parents’ Guide Download File
Omegle Parents’ Guide Download File
ooVoo Parents’ Guide Download File
Snapchat Parents’ Guide Download File
Whatsapp Parents’ Guide Download File
Yellow Parents’ Guide Download File
YouNow Parents’ Guide Download File
YouTube Parents’ Guide Download File

Privacy Guides

Resource Download
Facebook Privacy Guide Download File
PlayStation 4 Privacy Guide Download File
Snapchat Privacy Guide Download File
Twitter Privacy Guide Download File
Whatsapp Privacy Guide Download File
Xbox One Privacy Guide Download File

College Documents

The promotion of the safe use of ICT is clearly set out in a number of the College’s documents regarding eSafety:

Resource Download
eSafety Policy Download File
Use of Digital Images/Audio/Video Policy Download File
Digital Images/Audio/Video Permission Request Download File
ICT Acceptable Use Policy (Students) Download File
ICT Acceptable Use Policy (Parents/Carers) Download File
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) ICT Acceptable Use Policy Download File
Filtering Policy Download File
Need To Chat Poster Download File
eSafety Advice for Parents and Students Download File
NSPCC – Become An Expert In Your Child’s Online World In 6 Weeks Visit Site
NSPCC Online Safety Advice Visit Site
Snap Maps Advice Download File
Vodafone Digital Parenting Visit Site
Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine Issue 5 Download File
Vodafone Digital Parenting Video Watch Video