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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CYBERBULLYING

Cyberbullying

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

 

 

 


DIGITAL IDENTITY

Blogging

A blog is an online journal, which is updated frequently or daily with posts that can be about any topic. They can be created by anyone, from large companies and websites, to small groups and individuals.

They are informal written pieces, sometimes containing multimedia content, and can contain personal opinion, feelings and views. They also generally allow readers and other bloggers to respond or reply to the post, in an open stream where conversations take place between the blogger and other commentators.

Blogging can be a great way to establish a positive digital identity, to promote your work and your skills, and even make money and network with other professionals in your field of expertise. However, you also need to be mindful of what information you're sharing, and how you're representing yourself.
 Bloggers can also attract negative individuals who write derogatory, hateful comments (for more on this, please see the Cyberbullying and Trolling entries).

To discover the basics of starting and writing a blog, please click here

To find out more about blogging safely, please 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.


MOOC

Massive Open Online Courses are a recent development in the educations sector. These open courses have been created for unlimited access via the internet. MOOCs incorporate a number of the traditional resource features of a course, including reading material, videos and assignments, as well as features such as online forums. The forum allows an online community for students and staff.

To find out more about MOOCs and online collaboration, explore our topic in the Digital Literacies section on Moodle - go to Campus in the Menu bar above to find it.


SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is all about making your website, blog, service or brand appear more prominent - i.e. to appear as early as possible, or achieve high ranking - in a search engine's general search results. The higher the web page appears on the list, and the more frequently it appears in search results, the higher the frequency of visitors it will receive.

SEO works by manipulating how search engines work to generate results, and the behaviour of users; for example what search terms they use, which search engines they might use, key words. Websites can then be edited and changed accordingly to allow them to appear more frequently and in a higher position. They can also be promoted to increase the number of backlinks or inbound links which will direct a user to the website. Results can be targeted by search type, location, media type, and more.

Sound complicated? It needn't be. You can use basic SEO techniques to improve and promote your digital identity, or to create a positive online presence.

To learn how, click Here


E-SAFETY

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.

 

 


HELP!

CEOP

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, which works to identify threats to children and young people - particularly involving sexual exploitation, grooming and abuse - and to act in order to stop and prosecute offenders.

You can report any of these activities, whether you're experiencing them yourself 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


INTERNET STALKING, GROOMING AND ABUSE

Cyberstalking

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



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