Here at UTC@harbourside our staff have all received training on e-safety, and through the year we will be exploring safe use of the internet with all our students. Our work takes into account the Department for Education statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

Our aims for e-safety

  • Safeguard and protect all members of the UTC@harbourside community online.
  • Identify approaches to educate and raise awareness of online safety throughout the community.
  • Enable all staff to work safely and responsibly, to role model positive behaviour online and to manage professional standards and practice when using technology.
  • Identify clear procedures to use when responding to online safety concerns.

The issues classified within online safety are considerable, but can be broadly categorised into three areas of risk:

Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material

Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users

Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.

 

UTC@harbourside believes that

  • Online safety is an essential part of safeguarding and acknowledges its duty to ensure that all learners and staff are protected from potential harm online.
  • The internet and associated devices, such as computers, tablets, mobile phones and games consoles, are an important part of everyday life.
  • Learners should be empowered to build resilience and to develop strategies to manage and respond to risk online.

The importance of e-safety links with several policies, practices and action plans including:

  • Anti-bullying policy
  • Acceptable Use Policies (AUP)
  • Behaviour policy
  • Child protection policy
  • Confidentiality policy
  • Curriculum policies
  • Data security
  • Image use policy

This link will give you more detailed advice and guidance should you require it, and if you would like to talk to someone at the college about it please do contact Lisa Croydon-Miles on the main college telephone number, 01273 916170, or by email.

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/14plus/