Staying safe online

What we ask

At or through TechResort you may have the opportunity to communicate online with other people. This might be the people you attend the session with, our staff, or the wider public.

We ask that you treat everyone you interact with online with kindness and respect.

We know that the vast majority of the time, this won’t be an issue at all. However, if we become aware that anyone is not acting appropriately online, we will take action as we have a duty to keep everyone safe both offline and online.

What does this mean?

If you’re a young person

  • Treat everyone equally online and don’t pick on, belittle or bully anyone else – even if you think it’s a joke
  • Do not share false rumours, stories or anything harmful about anyone else
  • Make sure what you are sharing online is appropriate. If you are unsure whether something is appropriate or not, it probably isn’t
  • Do not impersonate anyone else online
  • Make sure you know who you are talking to online
  • Be careful what information you post online – don’t post your home address or school, for instance
  • Check your privacy settings on social media – only allow people you know in real life to follow or message you
  • Only use TechResort devices and accounts for activities related to the sessions/projects
  • If you are worried by something you see online, tell one of our session leaders or someone you trust

If you’re a parent/carer

  • Encourage open conversations with your child about their online activity
  • Consider setting up parental controls on your home WiFi or individual devices. Get in touch with us if you’re unsure how to do this
  • Make sure to check your social media privacy settings
  • Chat with our staff about online platforms or if you have any concerns

Further resources

The UK Safer Internet Centre have published some great guides and resources for parents and carers and young people.

The NSPCC also have some good resources on online safety

If you’re worried about the way someone has been communicating with you online, you can also make a report to¬†CEOP

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.