City College Supports Safer Internet Day 2018

07 February 2018 | College News, Student Life

Students and staff at City College Plymouth joined hundreds of organisations across the UK to play their part in an international campaign to promote online safety on Tuesday 6 February.

Since 2004, Safer Internet Day (SID) has been organised in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. The theme for 2018 was ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you’.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, Safer Internet Day saw City College promoting the message of this year’s SID through its student and staff intranet. Staff and students also participated in two quizzes which promoted the safety messages relating to the laws that govern our conduct online and how best to recognise and advise friends and family whose online activities may be putting themselves or others at risk.

Paul Scarsbrook, Head of Learning and Library Resources at the College, said: “The quizzes are a quick, fun way of introducing this serious topic to young people at the College.

“We can all be guilty of not thinking how someone might feel about what we post online, and what the repercussions might be. Our excellent Learning Technologies team developed these short, interactive activities which really make you examine your own actions, particularly on social media. Our hope is that our students will take the lessons home, helping friends and family to be more aware online and enjoy, in safety, the opportunities that the internet offers.”

Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said: “Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone across the UK and globally to unite for a better internet. Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all take positive actions to make the internet a better place. Hundreds of schools and organisations have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day and it is this collaboration that helps ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 42% of UK children in 2017 and growing year on year.”

Those interested in learning about College life can find out more at the College’s Course Information Drop-in on Wednesday 7 March, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Kings Road. Visit or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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