At Crowle Primary Academy we are committed to keeping our children safe both inside and outside the academy. We aim to provide a supportive, caring and safe environment that allows children to learn without fear of being bullied.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If bullying does occur, parents and children should be confident that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
The following are some things that parents may wish to consider teaching their children about using the internet safely:
· Make sure you use the privacy settings and parental control settings.
· Always respect others—be careful what you say online and use appropriate language.
· Be careful what pictures or videos you upload. Once a picture has been shared online it cannot be taken back.
· Only add people you know and trust to friends / followers lists online. When talking to strangers, keep your personal information safe and location hidden.
· Treat your password like a toothbrush—keep it to yourself and change it regularly.
· Block the bully—learn how to block or report someone who is behaving badly.
· Do not retaliate or reply to offending emails, text messages or online conversations.
· Save the evidence. Always keep a copy of offending emails, text messages or a screen grab of online conversations and pass on to a parent or teacher.
· Make sure you tell an adult you trust, for example a parent, a carer, a teacher, TA or Learning Mentor or call a helpline like Childline on 08001111 in confidence.
· Most social media services and other sites have a button you can click on to report bullying.
· We teach the children all these things as part of our curriculum.
Most Social Networks have a minimum age restriction, usually age thirteen. Parents should talk to their children about the reasons behind the age restriction as they are there for a reason. Accessing such sites too early can expose children to unnecessary bullying.
It is not always easy to spot the signs of cyberbullying. Be alert to a change in your child’s behaviour, for example:
· Being upset after using the internet or their mobile phone.
· Unwilling to talk or secretive about their online activities and mobile phone use.
· Spending much more or much less time texting, gaming or using social media.
· Many new phone numbers, texts or email addresses show up on their mobile phone, laptop or tablet.
· After texting or being online they may seem withdrawn, upset or outraged.
· Not wanting to go to school and/or avoiding meeting friends and school mates.
· Avoiding formerly enjoyable social situations.
· Difficult sleeping.
· Low self-esteem.