What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is repetitive, negative and intentional behaviour that causes harm or upset and is carried our through online communication (such as social media platforms like snapchat, facebook, instagram, whats app and TikTok). Cyberbullying can be hard to eradicate since people can conceal their identity with profiles that use avatars and false names. If parents think their child is a victim of Cyberbullying please take the following steps:
- Get screenshots of the offending material
- Get information that will help you (and us) to identify the person who is bullying your child
- Talk to your child about things they might have said in retaliation or when provoked to allow us to build up a clear picture of what has happened
- Report the perpetrator to the reporting part of the social media site they are using then block the person so that they cannot use the same profile to contact your child
- Check the access you are allowing your child - be mindful that allowing primary age pupils to use social media platforms means you are exposing them to the possibility that older children, adults you do not know and their friends on the same platforms will be able to contact them. It is vital that parents who make this parenting choice to allow internet access without strict parameters, monitor their child's activity and who they are talking to
- Make an appointment to speak to a DSL in school
- If it is another pupil in school, we will follow our Safeguarding and Behaviour Policies to support your child, and we will record what you tell us and how we deal with it
- If the perpetrator is someone not known to us we will advise you on next steps
Please look on this page for advice, information and activities to help you keep safe when you are online. Keep checking back as we will add new things for you to see and do all the time!