What is E-Safety?

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

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An electronic book is a publication produced in digital form. This normally consists of text, images, or both.

An e-book is readable on computers or other electronic devices including smartphones, tablets or e-readers.

Downloaded content can also sometimes carry a risk of transmitting viruses and spyware to your devices.

Click Here to find out more about safely downloading content.


Electronic greetings cards are a fun and popular way to send greetings and celebratory messages. There is a huge variety of e-cards available online, and it’s pretty important to check that the e-card you’re sending – or opening – only carries your message, and not nasty viruses or scams. Click here to find out more about e-cards


E-mail, or electronic mail, is simply a communication sent digitally, from your account to another. Designed to allow speedy private, or group, communications, you can set up an email address with an online Cloud provider such as Outlook or Google Gmail which is password protected – only you can access your emails.

They’re important to have for professional and academic communication – for example, when applying for jobs or university – and are particularly useful for sending files and attachments. However, they can be easily targeted by hackers, and can be a way for criminals to steal your identity. Email accounts are also used to carry out scams and spread viruses and a whole bunch of malware, so it’s important to only open emails from recognised senders and keep your account secure.

To find out more about using email safely, please click here

The Yeovil College e-safety page has a wide range of resources which can help you stay safe online. To find out more, go to the Digital Literacies link in the Campus Drop Down Menu on Moodle, and clickE-Safety.


E-petitions are created online to encourage people to support a cause, for which a petition is being produced to formally give to the government. They require a certain number of signatures to be completed and for Parliament to action a debate regarding the issue, which means that e-petitions are widely promoted on social media and news websites to spread the word and gain support.

When signing an e-petition, or filling in any online form, it’s important to understand how your information will be used and where it might be displayed. You may also end up signing up for newsletters, membership schemes and various other offers, so it’s good to read the small print! 

Click here to find out more about protecting your privacy online.



An online forum is like a message board, where groups of individuals can have a conversation or discuss a topic, posting their views publicly for other users to read and reply. Forums are usually moderated, to prevent spam messages or trolling and abuse.

To find out more about forum netiquette, click here



Grooming is where adults use fake online identities to befriend children, teenagers and young adults in order to gain their trust- so that they can approach them sexually.

This can be in a chat room, message board or forum, on social networking sites or through apps - even through computer games or consoles which allow public multiplayer interactions. Sometimes it can involve sexual or offensive chat, over text, messages or webcam. Sometimes, there may be a request to meet up in real life.

If you are experiencing online abuse or someone is behaving inappropriately - sending inappropriate images, asking too many personal questions, or asking to meet up -  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 



A hashtag is where a social media user creates their own search term for a topic and by using a hash (#) creates a hyperlink to a page which links all identically hashtagged content. This allows any user to search for content with this tag quickly, and to join in discussions.

Whilst it's great to join in with trending discussions and share your images and thoughts with others, it's important to consider what terms you're using and how they would look to an employer or university. Hashtags can make your content searchable, so think about who you want to see it. Tagging friends and family in photographs and links can also backfire, especially if they don't want to be publicly linked to that content.

To find out more about what affects your online reputation, click here


Identity Theft

Identity theft is where a hacker or cyber-criminals steal your personal details online and use them to commit fraud. They use information like your age, date of birth, location or addresses, to make a false identity. They then use this to open bank accounts, take out credit cards, order goods, take over your online accounts, apply for official documents and more. That's why it's really important to know how to keep your details safe online, and what to do if the worst happens to you.

If you've been affected by identity theft, click here to visit the Action Fraud official Police website. 


An infographic is a digital poster which is created to give useful information in visual form (the clue’s in the name – information + graphic = infographic!) They can present complex and detailed information really quickly and simply, from statistics to concepts.

The way that an infographic is presented allows you to understand connections very quickly, so that instead of reading a dry report or looking at a spreadsheet at a list of numbers and figures, charts and information can be shown and understood. The use of colour and pictures makes it easy to instantly see patterns and significance too.

Infographics are excellent to use for assignments or presentations where a poster or visual materials need to be produced. There are some brilliant tools online which can help you build an infographic which can be published online in different places or that can be downloaded as a picture file and used in presentations, reports and more.

Instant Messaging/ IM

Instant messaging is a way of communicating in real time via the Internet, allowing you to chat online through either a social media website or a dedicated app, like Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger.

It can also be an instant way of sharing content - like photos, links and videos. Services like Skype also allow video and audio calls between users.However, if you're IM-ing someone you've never met, or know only online, it's a good idea to consider what you're sharing.

For information about using Instant Messaging, click here

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