The Internet is very much a part of life, it is available anywhere there is a wireless or wired connection, including TV's, mobile phones, games consoles as well as computers, and laptops. As an educational establishment we recognise the importance of the internet in our students lives, not just in our primary focus of education, but also in our students social interaction, leisure pursuits and creative expression.
The Internet enhances our students' education too, with access to the internet students have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips, this together with a carefully planned lesson can enhance a students' knowledge of the subject matter at hand.
Whilst we recognise these benefits and the importance of the internet, we also recognise that there are drawbacks and potential dangers to anyone who uses it, for example
- Access to inappropriate materials. such as pornography and violence.
- email scams.
- Easier access to personal information.
- Communication with strangers.
These issues and more are addressed in the college's new PSHCE curriculum e-safety lessons. Our teachers are trained to ensure our students do use the internet in their lessons in a productive and informative way, for example when asked to research a subject, students are asked to make sure their information is coming from a credible source and that they check all the facts they find to avoid misinformation. They also discuss how to recognise rsik taking and how to behave responsibly online.
Parents and e-safety
Parents, we feel you should know how we are tackling the problem of e-safety at the college and we also wish to offer you a one stop area of the website where you can find out lots of information about e-safety so you can understand the issues and keep up with the technology yourselves. The key to being safe on the internet is education and discussion so please in you own time look through the e-safety section of our website, find out the advantages and dangers of using the internet so you can begin to feel confident that you and your family are using the internet safely and securely.
One of the huge benefits to the internet is that there is now a wealth of information out there, we have gathered together a handful of websites that contain excellent resources to help you learn and keep informed about the internet and new technologies.
This website is managed by CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection government agency, this•site has lots of up to date•information on the new technologies available for use and explains the•risks of using these technologies in and easily digestible format. `
UK Safer Internet Centre
The Safer Internet Centre, holds e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet