IT Policy for Students
Using IT makes things easier such as typing your work, finding out information and taking a photo of what you did.
At College you will learn new IT skills. You will learn how to safely use IT and develop your understanding of e-safety.
If you would like anything else to help you use IT, please ask IT Support.
When can you use IT?
During lesson time you can use IT to do work when staff tell you.
You may use the computer for fun when NOT in work / lesson time, during breaks and for reward times.
You may use your phone for fun when NOT in work / lesson time, during breaks and for reward times.
Do not make personal phone calls during lessons / at work – please use your free time for this.
When using IT at college you must:
- Not look at or share pornographic images on the internet in College (this is something you would do in private)
- Not look at or share terrorist or extremist documents – this is a criminal offence.
- Not play sound (unless you use headphones or others in the room agree).
- Not send ‘nasty’ messages to other students or staff.
- STOP – if someone tells you to stop contacting them (you can talk about this with your Progress Mentor).
- Not take or post photos showing anyone – you need to get their permission first.
- Not share or take another person’s phone number without their permission.
- Not create documents that will upset others.
- Not use a computer that you are not logged onto – you need to use your own username and password.
- Not use someone else’s technology without their permission e.g. iPad, mobile phone (you need to ask them first).
- Not use pictures of staff or students with ‘Deepfake’ or ‘Face-swap’ software without their permission. This will result in disciplinary action.
To stay safe when online:
- Do not send indecent images of someone else without their permission. This is a criminal offence.
- Do not send indecent images of yourself to someone who hasn’t asked for them. This is a criminal offence.
- Do not look at or share terrorist or extremist documents. This is a criminal offence.
- Do not share your personal details online. This is dangerous.
- Do not arrange to meet a stranger / person you chat to on the internet. This can be dangerous and you should first get guidance from a trusted adult.
- Remember, if you use social media, make sure that the settings are set to private. If you do not do this, anyone on the internet can look at your social media accounts.
Approved by: Senior Management Team
Last Updated: March 2023
Staff Lead: Curriculum Development & Student Progress Manager