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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Everything and anything posted on the Internet - whether text, images, multimedia and other forms of content - is and can be copyrighted.

Anything created or made by an individual is considered their rightful property, and this includes online content of any type or description. It doesn't have to be registered - as soon as it's produced, it is deemed as belonging to that person.

It can get really complex figuring out what you can and can't use, and it can get you into trouble if you use something you aren't allowed to as you can be fined - and the fines are unlimited in their amounts, meaning you could have to pay thousands and thousands of pounds for copying or reproducing copyrighted material without permission. Please click here to learn more.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons can be used to allow creators of various types of work and media to voluntarily share their work with others. Sites like Wiki use a creative commons licence to allow people to share and distribute work.

The author of the work can licence people under creative commons to use the work and the licence will state any conditions on using and sharing the work; for example, you may need to attribute the work. When you click on an image on a site like Wikipedia, if licenced under the creative commons licence it will tell you how you can use the work.

For more information about this, click here


Cyberbullying is any form of bullying which takes place online, through any device that connects to the Internet. It can take place via text message and email, over Instant Messenger, and through posts, tweets, hashtags and groups on any social networking sites - including Facebook, Twitter and Ask FM. It can take place on blogs and forums with trolls posting dergoatory comments, and during online gaming. It can consist of rumours, derogatory names, abusive comments, posting inappropriate and nasty pictures, fake profiles and identity theft - and even rape and death threats.

We can help you deal with cyberbullies here at college.

Visit our Student Support team, or speak to your tutor or a trusted lecturer/ member of staff. For help and support from the college, please click here

You can also report cyberbullying to the police on 101 (to report the incident to Avon and Somerset Police), or if you have received immediate threats to your safety, please phone 999.

For more information on cyberbullying, please click here





This is where an individual can be stalked and harassed via the Internet, in conjunction to or instead of real-life stalking. It is deeply upsetting and just as dangerous and threatening.

It is a reportable offence, and can be reported to the police - either online, or by calling 101.

If you have been threatened or feel you are at risk of immediate danger, call 999.

You can be cyberstalked by either strangers or people who are known to you - for example, ex-partners/ boyfriends/ girlfriends. They find information about you via your online profiles and identity - even sometimes intimate details about your personal life and your current location.

For more information on cyberstalking, please click here



Online dating works by joining a dating website or app, where you can create a profile, search other users for suitable matches (sometimes calculated in percentages based on similarities) and can message people you like. They are only for people aged 18 plus, and underage use is discouraged. Some dating services such as Match ask for a subscription fee; others, such as OK Cupid and Plenty of Fish, are free. There are also many apps such as Tinder and Grindr which focus on casual relationships.

Whilst these services offer a chance to meet new people, it’s important to be careful what information you share and to stay safe when talking to people you don’t know. Not everyone is who they say they are.

For more information about staying safe when online dating, click here

If you are experiencing online abuse or someone is behaving inappropriately, you can report this to the police at 101 (to report the incident to Avon and Somerset Police) or if you have received immediate threats to your safety, please phone 999. You can report any bad behaviour online, whether you’re suffering from it or are worried about a friend, at the CEOP website, by clicking the eye icon in the top right hand corner of the website. To visit the website, click here

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is about how we conduct ourselves online, and how we respect and treat others within the digital (or online) community. It’s about the appropriate and responsible use of technology and digital tools when we speak to others online – on social media, or when commenting on posts on YouTube, Instagram or Reddit, or what we tweet or blog – and understanding the implications of our actions.

This interactive Storify article explores issues surrounding digital citizenship in more depth - click here

Yeovil College has a range of interactive resources, links and media to help you understand digital citizenship. Please click on the link in the Campus Drop Down Menu to visit our Digital Literacies pages.

Digital Identity

Your digital identity is your online image. It’s created from all your profiles, activity and posts online, and can include anything from “likes” on Facebook, tweets and comments on Twitter and social media, news articles and blog posts and even web logs of sites visited.

Your digital identity can be seen by absolutely anyone and everyone – so it’s important to control what they see, how you present yourself and what you share with the world. Click here to watch a Common Sense Media introduction to digital footprints.

Yeovil College has a range of interactive resources, links and media to help you shape your Digital Identity. Please click on the link in the Campus Drop Down menu to visit our Digital Literacies pages.

Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is how knowledgeable and confident you are with using and understanding the Internet. From different types of software and website, to showcasing your creativity, networking and blogging, it encompasses a wide range of skills, including researching effectively, understanding copyright and plagiarism issues, and behaving appropriately.

Yeovil College has a range of interactive resources, links and media to help you shape your Digital Identity. Please click on the link in the Campus Drop Down menu to visit our Digital Literacies pages.


A download is any software, application, document, image or file type that you allow to be installed onto your device’s hard drive or saved in your device’s memory. This can include apps you download to your phone or tablet, files you are sent by e-mail, types of software you have accessed online (such as antivirus, media players or office packages), and images, media or PDFs you may open on webpages or on social networks.

When you choose to download something to your device, you need to be aware about possible security issues – whether it might contain a virus, or access personal data stored elsewhere – even popular apps such as Facebook often require access to your geolocation, your contacts list and permissions to add or amend commands.

This PC Advisor article introduces the essential security issues you need to understand - click here

For more information about online security, visit the E-Safety page on Moodle.



E Bay is one of the most popular online auction sites, where users can sell, bid for and buy items advertised. It can be a fantastic way to make money selling unwanted items, and can be used by individuals and small businesses. There are many detailed guides on the website outlining how to use its many features effectively, but it's also important to remember how to use auction sites safely.

Click here to read Get Safe Online's guide to bidding and selling safely.

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