E-Safety

Kendal College provides safe access to the internet and digital technology to help students learn and achieve. Just as learners need to stay safe in the real world, learners need to be safe in the digital world.

Password Security

There are a few important rules when it comes to choosing and changing your passwords.

Do

  1. Change your password often
  2. Use different passwords for different services
  3. Use a strong password* If you find strong passwords difficult to remember, you could always make it up from the first letters of a phrase, for example TBONTBTITQ (To Be Or Not To Be That is The Question) and then substitute numbers and symbols for the letters, e.g. zero for O, one for l or i, 4 for H, + for T, ( for C and so on.

Avoid

  1. Writing it down
  2. Ever tell anyone else what it is
  3. Email it anywhere. If your email gets hacked, not only can they read your emails, they can now access other online resources in your name.

Find out how strong your password is here:

Microsoft Password checker


 Tips on creating a strong password:

For tips about how to create passwords that are easy for you to remember but difficult for others to guess.

 

Social Media

Are you e-safe? 4 C’s of Online Safety

Contact

  • Be aware of making contact with people you do not know online.If you feel like you do need to make contact please take sensible precautions.
  • Beware of inappropriate contact such as online grooming, physical assault, racial hatred or assault.If you feel unsure about contact that has been made via the internet please report the person either to the Police, a Parent, a teacher, or someone who can help you. If the contact is made via a social networking site you can report the user via the website.

Commerce

  • These are risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising and financial scams.
  • Do not publish personal details or financial details online.
  • Your bank/government/tax office would never contact you via email to ask for information.
  • Beware of “phishing” and/or financial scams. If you feel you are at risk, please report it to the Anti-Phishing Working Group.

Content

  • This could be placed online illegally or inappropriately can lead to prosecution.
  • If you are aware of any content online that is inappropriate e.g. images of a child, criminally obscene content or content containing racial hatred.
  • If you publish inappropriate materials online, you are at risk of prosecution.
  • Beware of publishing personal/confidential information about yourself or others as you maybe at risk.

Conduct

  • This covers activities carried out by someone which is deliberately meant to upset someone. This could be via a social networking site, a website or mobile phone.
  • Beware of cyberbullies, if you feel you are being bullied please talk to someone.
  • If you believe upsetting information about someone/some thing (including the college or teachers within the college) are being published or inappropriate activities are occurring please report them to the Police, a Parent, or a teacher.

 Useful Links

How to clean up your Facebook profile

Facebook Safety Centre

ThinkuKnow Website

Twitter Safety

 

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