In recent years the most common reason for conflict and unhappiness at school is online bullying. Some students find it easy to be nasty and spread rumors via Facebook, Twitter, Ask.FM etc. They are breaking the law and we actively encourage parents to report such incidents to the police.
Please speak to your children about online bullying.
A guideline for parents and carers
Be aware, your child may be a target of online bullying or even be a online bully. Be alert to your child seeming upset after using the Internet or their mobile phone. This might involve subtle comments or changes in relationships with friends. They might be unwilling to talk or be secretive about their online activities and mobile phone use.
Talk with your children and understand the ways in which they are using the Internet and their mobile phone.
Use the tools on the service and turn on in-built Internet safety features.
Remind your child not to retaliate but to report.
Save the evidence – learn how to keep records of offending messages.
Report online bullying - contact the school if it involves another student, then the appropriate action can take place.
Always respect others – be careful what you say online.
Think before you send – whatever you send cannot be called back.
Block the bully – learn how to block someone who is behaving badly. Together we can stop online bullying.
Don’t share passwords on anything with anybody.
The SHARP System is a popular information and reporting tool which enables students to confidentially report concerns to the school's Safeguarding Officer.
The Child Online Protection and Expoloitation Unit (CEOP) is also a great source of information and help.
In order to deep students safe in school our Internet is filtered and mobile devices are not allowed in lessons. Students are expected to respect these rules. Students are given a personal username and password. It is vital that students do no share their password with others and have a responsibility to change it on a regular basis.
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