What is Cyber bullying ?
“Cyber bullying is the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) particularly mobile phones and the internet, to deliberately upset someone”
Cyber bullying :-
- Can occur on a vast scale and electronic content can be very hard to control
- Can occur 24/7 and is not restricted by location
- Bullies attempt to be anonymous and can feel “distanced” from the incident
- Bystanders can easily become perpetrators
- Bullying can occur unintentionally – often due to lack of awareness/empathy.
Hawkhurst CEP School will :-
- Record all reported incidents.
- Deal with incidents of Cyber bulling in accordance to the Behaviour Policy.
- Take screen shots or copies of bullying remarks as evidence.
- Confiscate items such as mobile phones etc when they are being used to cause disturbances in class or otherwise contravene the behaviour/bullying policy.
- The Head teacher has the power “to such an extent as is reasonable” to regulate the conduct of pupils off site.
Key Advice to Pupils about Cyber bullying
- Always respect others – think about what you say online and what images you post/send.
- Remember anything you publish can be made public very quickly and you will not be sure who has seen it. Once it is online you lose control.
- Treat your passwords like a toothbrush – never share it.
- Don’ give personal information away to anyone but trusted friends.
- Don’t retaliate or reply.
- Save the evidence – text messages, online conversations, pictures etc.
- Always tell an adult you trust or contact someone like Childline, a school teacher or the police.
- If you see Cyber bullying going on, support the victim and report it !
Advice for Parents/Carers
- Your child is just as likely to be a bully as to be a target. Be alert to your child being upset after using the internet/phones – they may be secretive or change relationships with friends.
- Talk to your child and understand how they are using the Internet and their phone.
- Use safety tools and parental controls.
- Remind your child not to retaliate.
- Keep any evidence.
- Report the Bullying, they can take action if it involves other pupils.