What is E-Safety?

E-safety can cover a wide variety of issues and topics, sometimes more than you'd think!

Click here for our helpful glossary of terms - and what they mean.

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Acceptable Use

When you use any information technology at college - from computers and laptops to mobile devices - you need to be aware that the College has an Acceptable Use policy which applies to all students and staff.

You can read about what is acceptable in the document above,  which can also be found on the Moodle E-Safety Page.




Adware is a form of Spyware that will display unwanted advertisements, usually as pop-ups, on a computer.

For more information about how to protect against adware, spyware and other unwanted problems, click here


Smartphone operating system designed by Google, which uses apps to provide basic and additional functions for users.

To learn how to protect your Android phone from viruses and other issues, click here.


An American corporation famous for designing cutting edge consumer electronics, computer software and personal computers. It’s best known for its Mac computers, the iPod, iPad and the iPhone.

If you're an iPhone, iPad or iUser, then it's pretty important to know how to protect your devices, and the information stored on them.

For advice about protecting your Mac, click here.

For advice about protecting mobile data - stored on phones, tablets, iPods and more - click here


Apps or applications are small  computer programs designed to handle specific tasks - and mainly associated with mobile phones and tablets, and other mobile devices.

You can download a huge variety of different programs ranging from instant messengers to games and office tools. However it's important to check out exactly what you're downloading and what permissions you give apps to access your information.

Downloading simple security software and firewall apps to your phone or tablet can help filter out unwanted viruses or malware. For more information, click here

Ask FM

Social networking site where users ask each other questions. This can take place entirely anonymously. Answers can be given either by text or by video. You can answer any question in your feed, or be asked a specific question. It can be linked to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The site has been a factor in a number of tragic cyberbullying cases. Sexually aggressive, offensive or bullying material can be posted entirely unmoderated.

Auction Sites

Highly popular sites such as E-Bay where users can put items up for sale, via auction or instant purchase methods, and the highest bid wins. While this can be a positive experience, there are possible risks that what you're buying and whi you're buying from may not be legitimate. To find out more, click here



It's important to make and save a copy of any file or document type you're working on. As well as saving a copy to My Documents, your user area or your computer, it's advisable to save a copy to a USB stick, portable hard drive, or to a cloud drive or network. To find out more, click here


Accessing and managing bank accounts and your money online is one of the most popular uses of the Internet, transforming banking into an easier, more controllable activity.

It's vital to protect your personal details and passwords from criminals and fraudsters who can steal your identity and more.

To find out more about how to use online banking safely, click here


The once popular social networking site which claimed to be a more creative alternative to its rivals, where users could dramatically alter and create the look of their pages with skins, blog posts, whiteboard drawings etc. Now a new version of the site is being designed and relaunched.

When using a social network, it's important to consider what you're sharing and who you're sharing it with. To find out more, click here

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