Online Safety

At Activate Learning, we understand the importance of fostering a safe and secure online environment for all.

Creating a Safe Online Learning Community at Activate Learning

At Activate Learning, we understand the importance of fostering a safe and secure online environment for all. Our Online Safety Initiative is designed to empower and educate everyone associated with our colleges about the challenges and pitfalls of being online. 

Whether you're a student navigating the virtual classroom, a parent concerned about your child's online presence, staff managing educational platforms, or a community member engaging with our resources, we want everyone to feel confident and secure. 

Our key focus areas include:  

Student empowerment 

  • Equip students with the tools to recognise and respond to online threats. 
  • Foster responsible digital citizenship to prepare students for a connected future. 

Parental and carer guidance 

  • Provide parents with resources to understand and navigate their child's online experiences. 
  • Facilitate open communication about online safety within families. 

Staff training 

  • Offer comprehensive training sessions for staff to stay updated on the latest online safety protocols. 
  • Foster a culture of vigilance and responsibility among educators and administrative staff. 

Community engagement 

  • Extend our commitment beyond the college gates to the wider community. 
  • Collaborate with local organisations to create a united front for online safety. 

How to get involved?  

We invite everyone – students, parents, staff, and community members – to participate in this initiative, either by attending workshops, accessing resources, and joining the conversation to strengthen our collective understanding of online safety. 

As we launch, we are focusing on guides for Parents/Carers to understand popular online platforms and strategies for identifying and preventing cyberbullying. 

Stay connected 

Follow our social media channels, subscribe to newsletters, and check our website regularly for updates, tips, and resources on online safety. 

Let's build a safer online community together! 

Online Safety Resources  

Further Resources

Cyberbullying is the use of digital platforms to harass or harm individuals through hurtful messages, rumours, or offensive content. It inflicts emotional distress and requires awareness, reporting, and prevention measures for online safety. 

Online bullying can take many shapes but not all forms are easy to understand.  

The most common types of cyberbullying are:  

  • Baiting - to intentionally make a person angry by saying or doing things to annoy them. 
  • Catfishing - stealing someone’s profile or setting up fake profiles to lure people into starting online relationships. 
  • Cyberbullycide - suicide indirectly or directly influenced by cyberbullying experiences.  
  • Cyberstalking - sending repeated and frequent messages that include real threats of physical harm. 
  • Dissing - sending or posting information that’s intended to damage someone’s reputation. 
  • Doxxing - Derived from the term ‘dropping dox’ or ‘documents’, doxing involves searching for and revealing private or identifying information about someone (i.e.. their address or bank account details) for everyone to see – usually with malicious intent.  
  • Exclusion - deliberately excluding someone from online conversations, games and activities. 
  • Flaming - sending angry and abusive online messages to intentionally provoke someone into starting an argument 
  • Fraping - when somebody logs into your social media and impersonates you while posting inappropriate content. 
  • Ghosting - Mostly used to end romantic relationships, ghosting can also occur between friend groups when one or more of them completely ignores a once-close friend, breaking off all contact and disappearing from all interactions. 
  • Griefing - abusing and angering people through online gaming. 
  • Hacking -This occurs when someone bypasses your security settings to gain access to your personal accounts and use the information – often for illegal or malicious activity. 
  • Happy slapping - an extreme form of bullying where physical assaults are recorded and shared online for public consumption. 
  • Harassment - targeting an individual or group with persistent and offensive messages which could develop into cyberstalking.  
  • Outing - publicly sharing personal, private or embarrassing information, photos or videos about someone online. 
  • Phishing - Manipulating (tricking or persuading) the victim into revealing personal and/or financial information about themselves or their loved ones. This is then used to purchase items in the name of the victim or their parents. 
  • Revenge porn - practice of posting or distributing sexual videos or images of a another without their consent – often after a painful or non-mutual breakup. 
  • Sadfishing - where people make exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy and attention.  
  • Screen name mirroring - Cyberbully creates usernames almost identical to the victims own name to send messages whereby the recipients think they were sent by the target. 
  • Sexting - sexually explicit text messages or images designed to embarrass the victim when shared online. 
  • Sextortion - when someone threatens to expose a sexual or compromising image of another person to make them do something or for other reasons, such as revenge or humiliation. 
  • Trolling - deliberately posting provocative and insulting messages about sensitive subjects or inflicting racism or misogyny on an individual.  
  • Roasting - ganging up on an individual online and sending offensive abuse until the victim is seen to ‘crack’. 

Internet Matters has a host of resources on their What is cyberbullying? wepbage including a What is cyberbullying? - Advice for parents video and 10 things you need to know about cyberbullying.   

Here you will find safety and security advice about key social media platforms and apps: 

Gaming and streaming online offers entertainment, but safety is crucial. Ensuring online safety for young people involves monitoring content, setting age-appropriate restrictions, and educating them on responsible online behaviour.  

Parents should implement parental controls, limit screen time, and engage in open communication to address potential risks like cyberbullying. Regularly reviewing and updating privacy settings is crucial for a safer online experience. 

Cybersecurity aims to protect against such threats through measures like encryption, firewalls, and user education. Vigilance, strong passwords, and verifying sources help mitigate the risks of phishing, safeguarding personal and organisational data.  

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, refers to computer systems performing tasks that typically require human intelligence. It involves machine learning, where systems learn from data, making decisions, recognising patterns, and solving problems. Although the possibilities of AI are exciting it can also be used to content that is not based on fact and identities or images that are fake. Understanding AI is important.  

Learn more about AI: