TCAT logs on to support ‘Safer Internet Day’


Liam Easter and Joseph Comery promote Safer Internet Day at TCAT. Both are level three Public Services students

Telford College of Arts and Technology today gave its backing to Safer Internet Day, a worldwide campaign to promote safe and responsible use of technology.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, Safer Internet Day is a day of action which gives young people the opportunity to have their say about the digital issues that affect them.

Daniel Blasczyk, enrichment facilitator at TCAT, ran an information stand in the college’s Rendezvous area, where advice was available on issues such as privacy settings and running professional social media accounts.

He said: “It’s important that as a college we promote the Internet safety message and remind our students of how to stay safe online.

“Our computer services team have been offering advice, hints and tips all day in the Learner Hub on how to stay safe on all Social media platforms.”

TCAT marketing officer Andy Dowdall added: “We have also been educating our students about how easy it is for internet trolls to find and follow them.”

Will Gardner, director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and chief executive 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 ‘be the change’ and 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 40% of UK children in 2016 and growing year on year.”

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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