Iain Has a Program for Online Safety; COLLEGE PROJECT RAISES AWARENESS OF INTERNET RISKS

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Iain Has a Program for Online Safety; COLLEGE PROJECT RAISES AWARENESS OF INTERNET RISKS


Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR

A NORTH East college has become the first in the region to recruit an internet safety officer.

Iain Arthurs has been appointed by Gateshead College to lead a two-year project aimed at raising awareness of greater online security, not just among staff and students, but the wider community.

A key role for Iain will be to raise awareness of the risks to people who work in or interact with the college, including training people to take the necessary precautions and encouraging them to pass on safety messages to students, their families and others.

He will be developing an action plan, including a programme of drop-in workshops and training materials in collaboration with Northumbria Police and the North East Fraud Forum.

Gateshead College's elearning manager Andrew Robson said: "Internet safety is a huge issue.

"Iain's appointment and the work he will be doing is another important service to the community and will be welcomed by many who may be worried about, or affected by the many safety issues surrounding computers and websites.

"It will ensure the structure is in place to make online access safer and easier for our staff, students and their families and other groups who use and benefit from our services.

"Computers and the internet can be daunting to some people so we will be drawing on our expertise and experience to ensure that the information is easy-to-understand, up-todate and relevant."

The project is being supported by Nominet Trust, a charitable organisation that provides funding for innovative projects which strive to improve the development of safe internet use.

Internet safety is a growing issue as more and more people have access to online services and the college's initiative follows the Department for Culture, Media & Sport's Digital Britain 2009 report.

This highlighted how everyone can live and work online with confidence and safety and how computers can be protected by simple measures to reduce the threat from viruses, identify theft and online fraud. …

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