College students discover their digital footprint – FE News

Barnsley College students had the opportunity to learn more about their online presence as part of the College-wide initiative, Safer Internet Week.

Safer Internet Week was created to encompass the national Safer Internet Day event, with a road show at six of the College’s campuses. Aimed at around 200 students, the roadshow, hosted by the College’s IT team, shared information with each student on how to better protect themselves online, spot inappropriate behavior and report content. He also raised awareness of their digital footprint and shared helpful tips on how to behave online, paying particular attention to their social media profiles and the impact these can have on their life after death. university, including employment opportunities.

Martin Thornton, an IT support specialist with the College for 8 years, was instrumental in the creation and execution of the roadshow. He said:

“We decided to organize the tour on several College campuses to ensure that we could spread our messages to as many students as possible. We spoke with the students about the purpose of Safer Internet Day as well as the College’s general IT service offering. Our raffle to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite was also a real hit with students, along with the free study essentials we gave away such as notepads, books, pens and USBs who encouraged fantastic interaction.

“Among our promotional materials, we directed students to the National Safer Internet Day website to participate and participate in their official surveys and resources.”

Kasey Clifton, IT Support Apprentice, provided support during the roadshow presentation and added:

“The event was a real success. It was great to get into the College community and chat with students about their online reputation, how to protect it, and how to protect themselves when using the internet. Many students were surprised to learn how long social media posts are accessible as well as how easy it is to recover data that the user has deleted, so it was important for us to offer advice on how to best use these sites.

John Smith, head of IT operations at Barnsley College, said:

“I am immensely proud of Martin and Kasey for their highly skilled and independent work and initiative to facilitate such a successful and worthwhile event. Here at Barnsley College, we put students at the heart of everything we do and know that we have instilled in them vital behaviors regarding how they use social media, which will benefit their opportunities after they leave. of the College is very rewarding.

Barnsley College IT Services provides support to over 10,000 users on 18 campuses, using over 5,000 devices. They connect students and staff across campuses using wired and unwired connections, monitor and maintain web security to help students and staff stay safe on the internet, and purchase, install and maintain a range of industry-used software, including Adobe Creative Cloud. , Officer 365 and above. The IT department also continuously invests in state-of-the-art equipment and software.

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