E Safety and Cyberbullying
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The wellbeing and safety of the children at Borden is at the heart of the philosophy of our school. We use modern technology on a daily basis and recognise that the internet has given us a platform for learning that would not have seemed possible twenty five years ago but we are ever aware that it also has the potential to cause harm.
A thing to use or a place to hang out?
For most young people the internet is not a thing it is a place that allows them to contact friends or connect with other people at any time of the day or night.
So what is Cyberbullying? – A definition
Cyberbullying is bullying behaviour that takes place via mobile phone or over the internet through emails, instant messaging and social networking websites. Texts, messages or images are sent or posted on sites, which hurt, intimidate or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is not carried out face to face and people often don’t know the identity of the person targeting them.
Home or School?
As it isn’t confined to a place or time of day if bullying occurs it isn’t like bullying behaviour at school where messages were written on toilet walls or school books, it follows the victim to a place where they should feel safe – home.
How can we keep our children safe?
We do not allow children to have personal mobile phones, laptops, tablets or electronic games platforms in school.
All staff at Borden school receive regular training in e safety matters and how to deal with issues that may arise. We have an Acceptable Use Policy for staff and visitors which must be adhered to and a clearly defined protocol to deal with e safety and cyberbullying issues involving children.
We also have a carefully planned and structured programme of lessons from Year R to Year 6 that aim to address safe and responsible use of technology whether it is mobile phones, the internet or social networking sites.
All the children are taught about the dangers of giving out personal information and to NEVER arrange to meet someone they have befriended online no matter how nice they may seem.
We have strict filtering in place at school which prevents internet access to social networking sites and forums but we also teach the children how to respond to anything that they may find upsetting, confusing or frightening while using the internet. All laptops have a Thinkuknow safety button (Hector Protector, a blue swimming dolphin) that the children can click on. This covers the screen with a screen saver while the children ask an adult for help. This is available for download by parents too just follow this link http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/Hectors-World-Safety-Button1/
At home talk to your child about acceptable use of the internet and mobile phones. Decide upon when and for how long they can use the internet or a mobile phone. Explain to them their rights and responsibilities when using new technologies. Make sure you use safe internet browsing settings on PCs, laptops and tablets. But don’t under estimate the most powerful resource of all – SUPERVISION by a responsible adult!
Many internet and mobile phone providers will provide advice and free internet filters. If you use BT you can download BT Family Protection which allows you to block inappropriate websites, set limits for time online, control social networking, filter YouTube content and review online usage reports and set up alerts. Orange mobile have advice and resources available to their customers as have many of the other mobile phone and internet companies.
Want more information or resources?
· Watch the website and the newsletter for details of class assemblies on safety and cyberbullying this term.
Look out for the Parents Evening presentations.
Read the school policies on bullying and e safety (available on the school website)
Suggestions for parental use
Resources for children
Note for parents: Please look at these sites for suitability before allowing your child to use them.