Anti-Bullying and E-Safety
- To embed a positive ethos and a create a school environment where all members of the school and the community feel safe and secure.
- To make it clear that all forms of bullying are unacceptable at our school.
- To encourage and support pupils to report incidents of bullying, including cyber bullying.
- If an incident of bullying does arise it is dealt with as quickly and as effectively as possible, taking into consideration the needs of all parties and of our community, and, as a result, reduce the incidents of bullying.
- To support and protect victims of bullying and ensure they are listened to.
- To help and support children/young people displaying bullying behaviour to change their attitudes and understand why it needs to change.
- To liaise with parents and other appropriate members of our community.
- To ensure all members of our community feel responsible for helping to reduce bullying.
Bullying is done on purpose, it's not an accident. If someone hurts you during a game by accident that is not bullying, but if every time you played a game they hurt you, or your feelings that would be bullying.
It can aim to hurt a group of people or just one person and can be done by a group or just one person.
Bullying happens more than once. The bully/bullies do it over and over and over again and they can take away your self esteem and confidence.' (Bully Busters 2017)
What is E-Safety?
This can also be called 'internet safety', 'online safety' or 'web safety'. E-safety is often defined as the safe and responsible use of technology. This includes the use of the internet and also other means of communication using electronic media (eg text messages, gaming devices, email etc).
In practice, e-safety is as much about behaviour as it is electronic security. E-safety in this context is classified into three areas of risk:
- Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material;
- Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users;
- Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.
As a school we have a duty :
- to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology;
- to have the appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.
- How do we ensure that all staff receive appropriate online safety training that is relevant and regularly up to date?
- What mechanisms do we have in place to support pupils and staff facing online safety issues?
- How do we educate and support parents and the whole school community with online safety?
- Do we have school e-safety policies and acceptable use policies in place? How do we know that they are clear and understood and respected by all?
- How do we educate children and young people to build knowledge, skills and capability when it comes to online safety? How do we assess its effectiveness?
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
- Use Roar 2010 (on your child's School 360 Site) All the children in our school are given free access to this resource. They have their own user name and passwords and can access this safe site; run by Northumberland County Council from home. Remember that all use of the internet at home for our children should be supervised.
- You tube, Xbox Live and Playstation activities should always be used under supervision.
- Facebook/Bebo/Myspace - Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as School 360.
- Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
We have e-safety posters on display in our classrooms. Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?
If you need more help with internet safety, or if you wish to report a problem go to http://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
We hold annual meetings for Parents regarding E-Safety. If you were unable to attend the last meeting, please find the PowerPoint that was used at the meeting below. If you want to know more details, please see Mrs Gibson to make an appointment with Mrs Frater.