As the College continues to embrace new technology, we are committed to ensuring that all staff and students are kept safe online. To achieve this, there is a comprehensive e-Safety Policy in place. Additionally, all new students and their parents are required to sign a Computers & Internet Acceptable Use Policy and iPad Responsible Use Policy before being allowed access to the College network.
These documents are available at the links below:
Report Harmful Content
The RHC button is an asset of SWGfL, a charity working internationally to ensure all benefit from technology, free from harm.
The button has been developed to offer anyone living in the UK a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to reporting routes for commonly used social networking sites, gaming platforms, apps and streaming services alongside trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting online harm to the RHC service for those over the age of 13 where an initial report has been made to industry but no action has been taken. RHC will review content in line with a sites' community standards and act in a mediatory capacity where content goes against these.
Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this going through our how we can help resource together.
RHC also have advice and links to reporting routes for other online harms people may come across or face, such as impersonation, privacy violations and intimate image abuse.
The RHC button provides a gateway to the RHC reporting pages, an area of the RHC website offering:
links to reporting routes on commonly used sites for 8 types of online harm
help, advice and support on what to do if experiencing or witnessing harm online
signposting to industry partners reporting forms and the ability to report legal but harmful content directly to RHC for further investigation
National Online Safety
National Online Safety work to promote online safety training packages for the whole school community, including staff, students and parents.
Published below are a number of their Parent Guides, offering advice on the issues most commonly faced by children online, as well as everything they should know about popular apps and social media platforms.
Alan Mackenzie is a specialist e-Safety adviser, CEOP Ambassador and associate member of the UK Council for Internet Safety. He provides training and support and publishes DITTO, a free online safety magazine. The latest issues are available below.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working to make the internet a safe place for children. They offer online safety advice, resources and games for young people, parents and teachers.
Childnet are due to give a number of presentations to the College in March 2022 (COVID-19 dependent).
More information and resources are available on their website.
Internet Matters are partnered with leading internet providers and tech companies, and provide information for parents and carers to help keep children safe online.
This includes age-specific advice and support, covering a wide range of issues; personalised 'Digital Toolkits' and guides for setting up parental controls on different devices.
Thinkuknow is an online education programme run by CEOP, part of the National Crime Agency responsible for keeping children safe both online and offline.
They offer a range of resources, specifically tailored to children of different age groups and their parents, covering all aspects of online safety.