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weekly news and Information 17th November

November is our month of Respect

Chosen as it contains a number of important days or weeks, from cultural and religious celebrations to those aimed at awareness raising. during November in college we will be celebrating and taking part in Rememberance Day, Stress Awareness Day, Anti Bullying Week and Dyslexia Awareness Week.

Learn & Live Road Safety Roadshow

Cleveland Fire Brigade will attend college on Wednesday 19th November to demonstrate the effects of risk taking behind the wheel. Please speak to your tutor to attend if your group is not booked in. Sensitive and distressing graphic content - may not be suitable for all.

Young drivers (17-24 years old) are at a much higher risk of crashing than older drivers. Drivers aged 17-19 only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders, but are involved in 12% of fatal and serious crashes.

Data on British drivers shows that:


  • Drivers aged 16-19 are more than twice as likely to die in a crash as drivers aged 40-49.
  • One in four 18-24 year olds (23%) crash within two years of passing their driving test.
  • Young male drivers are involved in many more crashes than young female drivers.


Why are young drivers more at risk?


Research shows that the combination of youth and inexperience puts younger drivers at high risk. Their inexperience means they have less ability to spot hazards, and their youth means they are particularly likely to take risks. In this way, crash risk not only reduces over time with experience but also is higher for drivers who start driving at a younger age.

Below are some of the specific characteristics of young drivers that put them at high risk of crashes.

Over-confidence

Young people quickly pick up the physical skills of driving and, as a result, feel they have mastered it and are often over-confident about their driving ability. However, while the practical skills of driving can be mastered quickly, some (less obvious) skills such as hazard perception require more experience. This means young drivers may think they are in control when they are actually driving unsafely, and become more likely to take risks as they believe their skills are improving. Research has found that young drivers who show overconfidence in self-assessment of their skills are more likely to crash in their first two years of driving than those who are insecure about their driving skills.

Poor assessment of hazards

Although some hazards on the road are easy to identify, there are some situations where hazards are not immediately obvious. It often takes experience to notice these hidden hazards, so inexperienced young drivers may not notice them and react in time. Research has shown young drivers show poorer attention, visual awareness, hazard recognition and avoidance, and are less able to judge appropriate speed for circumstances.

Driving requires constantly balancing the attention needed for practical tasks such as steering and changing gears, and more cognitively demanding tasks such as hazard identification. Because of their inexperience young drivers need to concentrate more on practical tasks, so are slower to switch between tasks and slower to react to hazards.

Prevalent risk-taking

Brake research has found that young drivers are more likely to take many of the most serious risks, including speeding, overtaking blind, driving on drugs, and not wearing seat belts. This may be because the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that helps control impulses and emotions and assesses risk, is not fully developed until your mid-20s.

Young people also underestimate certain high-risk behaviours. For example, research has shown that young drivers are less likely than older drivers to rate speeding as high risk.


Common Risky Behaviours include:

  • Speeding
  • Drink & drug driving
  • Not wearing seat beats
  • Mobile phones
  • Carrying passengers
  • driving at night
  • Unsafe vehicles

Please be warned - This video contains graphically explicit content.

PSA Texting while Driving U.K. Ad [HD]

Respect our ID requirements

We ask all staff and learners to wear their ID in college at all times. This is to ensure college is a safe place, and that we can identify anyone who should not be in student only areas. If you have any concerns about wearing your ID, please speak to your tutor. Staff will ask to see your ID if you aren't wearing it visibly. If you want more information on staying safe in college, text Safe to 81025.

Respect Yourself - Sexual Health

C-Card What is it?

  • Need information and advice on sexual health and relationships?
  • Thinking about having your first sexual experience and need some answers to your questions?
  • Want free condoms and information on other methods of contraception?
  • Want to get clued up on how to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies?


Get all this information and more with C card. C card is offered by the college Welfare and Youth Work team, for more information please call in to the youth work office room 164.

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Vigin Care Machine - Promotion Day

Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 10am

The Street in SRC Teesdale site

The college will be holding an event for learners to register for free condoms and chlamydia testing kits. The machine is based in the downstairs Art corridor, please pop along and sign up for this useful resource.

Student Services

The Student Services Team would like to be more accessible to all learners. Therefore members of the team will be in the atrium each day.

You will be able to get information from the Youth workers,Careers and Finance.

A member of staff from Finance will be available from Monday to Friday, 11.30am - 1pm.

Please visit the team if you have any queries.

anti Bullying week 2014

This year SRC will focus on Cyber Bullying

(from childline.org.uk)

Cyber bullying (also called 'online bullying') is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, email, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.

Getting help with cyber bullying

Sometimes it can seem like cyber bullying will never end, but there are some things you can do to make it stop.

Nobody has to go through online bullying alone. Often the first step in stopping it is telling someone about it.

Someone you trust could help you report the cyber bullying and give you more confidence to deal with the situation.

You could talk to:


How can I stop people bullying me on social networking sites?

There are lots of great things about using social networks, but sometimes people use these sites to be abusive or nasty towards other people.

Setting up a safe profile is a really important part of social networking. If it's possible, it's better to set up your profile so that you have control over who can see anything you post.

Remember that you have the right to block anyone who bullies you and report them to the social network so they can take down anything offensive.

There are lots of ways to deal with bullying on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and many more.


Someone is bullying me through my mobile, what can I do?

Try and remember these tips:

- Don't reply to any nasty messages you receive.
- Keep the messages that you have been sent so you can show someone.
- Don't answer any calls from a withheld number, or from a number you don't know.
- If it gets really bad, you could change your number.
- If you change your number, only give out your new number to close friends.
- If the problem is serious, tell the police or call ChildLine for free on 0800 1111 and we can help.
- Don’t keep it to yourself or try to deal with it alone.
- Tell an adult you trust, like a parent, grandparent or teacher. It helps to talk.

Mobile phone operators can't stop or block a particular number from contacting another phone, but you can do this on some types of phone. Check your phone user guide to see if yours can. Mobile phone companies can only take action on the bully's account, such as blocking it, if the police are involved.

E-Safety, bullying drop in

Thursday, Nov. 20th, 1-2pm

Reception

In the Atrium at the Student Services Desks. Come and talk to the team who can advise on cyberbullying issues, providing tips such as using privacy settings in Facebook and how to stay safe from bullies and trolls online.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Breakfast Club

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Breakfast is a very important meal. A good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day.


In general, teens who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in education, and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, people can get irritable, restless, and tired. So make time for SRC Breakfast Club!


  • Tea and toast will be served to students each morning, commencing from Monday 10th November from 8.30am till 9am in Oasis cafe.
  • This will be free for the first 25 learners, then 50p for all other learners.
  • It is important to remember your student ID, you will be asked to show this in order to benefit from the Beakfast Club offer.