It’s important to stay safe whilst learning online. Here’s some guidance on how to stay safe whilst getting the most out of your online learning experience.
What is your ‘digital footprint’?
Your ‘digital footprint’ is the information you share about yourself online. Lots of people use social media to share information or to talk with friends, family and colleagues. It’s worth checking what people can find out about you.
Why not take a moment to open a new window and do a Google search of your own name? Are there any surprises?
If you see anything unexpected or that makes you feel uneasy, go back and review the privacy settings on your social media accounts. And remember to always be careful when accepting the Privacy settings on websites.
Maintaining a positive digital footprint can even help you when applying for university or a job. So, it’s not just about safety: it’s about your reputation in a digital world.
Your FutureLearn profile
Participating in FutureLearn courses
We think that talking about ideas with other people is a great way to learn, which is why we encourage learning through conversation. Leave a comment when you are stuck or if you have an idea you’d like to share, reply to other learner’s comments and ‘like’ any that you think are interesting.
We expect your comments to be positive, constructive, and build your learning. Don’t leave negative or mean comments, as this doesn’t help anyone learn. Comments that break the FutureLearn Code of Conduct will be removed.
When you participate in conversations, make sure you do not reveal any personal details about yourself or share contact information (like email address, telephone number, Facebook or Snapchat ID). If you see a comment that contains personal contact details, please report it using the flag button beneath the comment.
Our courses may contain references to the use of personal data. The EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and other privacy laws (both in the EU and throughout the world) provide legal guidance on how personal data can be collected, processed and stored. Please be mindful of the impact of data privacy laws on your personal data as well as the personal data of others.
Need help or advice on staying safe online?
These websites have got loads of great advice, and people you can talk to if you have any concerns:
This YouTube video has some tips on staying safe online:
You’re ready to learn safely on FutureLearn! If you need more guidance on using the platform or want more information, do check the extra links below.
Child safety on FutureLearn: https://about.futurelearn.com/about/faq/child-safety
Using FutureLearn: https://www.futurelearn.com/using-futurelearn