Information and advice is being given out this week to make sure students are aware of internet safety issues.
The activities are being co-ordinated by Adam Webb – a member of the learning resource centre. The 18 year old former One student from Sudbury, said, “The idea is to raise awareness of the dangers of the internet. We don’t want to scare people, we want to inform them. We have a stand, will be offering hints and tips on protecting reputations and privacy and we will be showing a hard hitting BBC documentary to help raise awareness.”
“Personally, I went to a conference on this issue last week and over 50pc of people they surveyed had met people online who they had then subsequently met in real life. So the big messages that we want to get out is be careful who you speak to online and also think before you post as if you don’t, it could jeopardise your chances of getting a place at University or a job in the future.”
Student, Luke Sadler is 17 from Ipswich. He said, “Personally I don’t use social media but I do play computer games. I’ve not had any bad experiences myself but you hear about people who have. I think there are potential dangers online. Therefore this is a good campaign.”
Alexandra Leach is 16 from Shotley, She said, “I’ve seen things online that have made me cringe. I think the campaign is helpful to give people an idea on how to behave online as there are no guidelines. Once you post things online they can stay with you forever so people need to be careful. I think this will make people think twice about how they act and who they talk to so it’s a good thing.”
In addition to this specific day of activity, we has an online safety officer who is available throughout the year to give advice to students on these issues.