West Midlands UTC recognises that technology and its use in the modern workplace is well-established and that technology is a valuable productivity tool. As an organisation, we embrace the use of technology to support all that we do with students. Like any tool, it is essential that those using it are well trained to ensure their continued safety. At WMUTC, we approach this training through our Self & Society curriculum as well as at induction.
Before allowing students to make use of our ICT facilities, all students and parents are required to read and sign the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) which can be opened below. There are several other resources below which we hope you find useful.
When at school, students and staff can enjoy a filtered and monitored internet connection. Where monitoring identifies someone who may be vulnerable, this is passed to the Safeguarding team to provide the necessary support and training and, where appropriate, parents will be informed.
The following websites offer invaluable guidance regarding E-Safety:
We would also like to offer our parents support with the rapidly changing technology. This support comes in the form of the following guidance sources: –
E-Safety Training Course
Below is a link for the course we have purchased, which you can complete to help aid your understanding of what you can to do support your child’s e-safety.
E-Safety Factsheet for Parents
This factsheet gives parents a general overview of e-safety. It gives parents an overview of the positive and negative aspects of the Internet, some key statistics, tips and useful links. E-Safety Factsheet
E-Safety Information Sheet on “Sexting”
It seems that there is a whole new language developing in the younger generations! But while many are playful and literal abbreviations, some are more potent. To help make parents aware of some of the sexting abbreviations, we have compiled a short glossary. This is by no means exhaustive but will help parents learn about this new form of communication. More young people have smartphones and use a range of social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Twitter the dangers of getting involved in risky behaviour is therefore multiplied. There is a trend in young people ‘sexting’ images to each other.
Sexting is ‘sending or posting sexually suggestive images, including nude or semi-nude photographs, via mobiles or over the Internet.’ Possessing and distributing any imagery of someone under 18 which is ‘indecent’ is illegal. This includes sending imagery of themselves if they are under 18. Indecent images includes not only nude images but images of children in underwear. Once an image is sent to another person the sender loses control of who else the image is seen by or where it is stored. There is a potentially devastating long term effects on the young person of losing control of these images as they get passed around the web. Young people involved in sharing pictures of a sexual nature may be committing a criminal offence. Specifically, crimes involving indecent photographs of a person under 18 years of age fall under
Section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978, Section 160 Criminal Justice Act 1988 and Section 62 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009
Under this legislation it is a crime to:
take an indecent photograph or allow an indecent photograph to be taken; make an indecent photograph (this includes downloading or opening an image that has been sent via email);
distribute or show such an image;
possess with the intention of distributing images;
possess such images.
If you have any concerns or require additional information please speak to;
Claire Gleeson the Safeguarding Officer at the UTC
What Every Parent Needs to Know about Radicalisation
The internet brings marvellous opportunities to children and young people with the ability to learn new skills and visit websites which engage and enrich their lives. However, the internet also brings dangers such as online predators who will try and contact children through websites and software applications. This guide will help parents and carers learn more about the danger of their children being targeted by online extremists. The guide provides information to help them identify the issue of online radicalisation and gives suggestions on how to support their children with the threat of online extremism.
Child Sexual Exploitation Checklist for Parents
Child sexual exploitation is when a child or young person is in an exploitative situation and receives gifts or other items as a result on performing sexual activities to the abuser. It can also occur through technology when a child or young person is persuaded to post images on the Internet. It is vital that parents play a role in identifying if their child may be a victim of CSE. This checklist will help them become aware of some of the signs to look out for.
E-Safety Social Media Checklists for Parents and Students
With all the changes and the rapid development of Social Media, it can be difficult to know how to be secure online while using these types of applications. To help support our parents, in supporting their children, we have uploaded four different Social Media “Checklists” which parents can use to help guide their children, and themselves, into keeping safe online. The links are below and include four of the major Social Media providers which are:- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat.
E-safety guidance for use of Social Media
Tips for teens
Don’t share your password with anyone.
Only accept friend requests from people you know.
Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers or employer to see.
Be authentic. The real you is better than anything you might pretend to be.
Learn about privacy settings, and review them often
E-Safety Policy Documents