Next week is our Staying Safe themed week. Children will learn about safety in a variety of contexts: in the kitchen, in the playground, during sports, during travel – your child might even use a police speed camera to catch out those speeding drivers on Shadwell Lane!
Over the past few years, there have been growing concerns about cyber-bullying – the use of technology, particularly mobile phones and the internet, to deliberately upset someone.
We regularly teach our children about e-safety, but here’s some good advice for parents / carers:
- Be alert to your child being upset after using the internet / phones – they may be secretive or change relationships with friends.
- Your child is just as likely to be a bully as to be a target.
- Talk to your child and understand how they are using the internet and their phone.
- Use safety tools and parental controls – if you’re not sure how, contact your service provider. Please note tools are not always 100% effective.
- Remind your child not to retaliate.
- Keep any evidence of cyberbullying – emails, online conversations, texts etc.
- Report the cyberbullying.
- Contact us at school so we can take action if it involves other pupils.
- Contact the service provider eg website, phone company etc.
- If the cyberbullying is serious and a potential criminal offence has been committed then consider contacting the police.
The Directgov website has some useful information and support.