E-Safety & Cyber Bullying

Anti-Bullying & E-Safety Strategy (under review)

The Internet has made our lives easier in many ways. We now shop online, keep in touch with friends, pay bills, market our businesses and keep up with current affairs in cyberspace.

KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE ONLINE

Children are naturally trusting, and this trait can make them vulnerable online. Keeping your kids cyber-safe requires education, open communication and regular monitoring. Teach them about what you do to ensure your own safety on the Internet. Make them aware of the dangers of chatting online to strangers, the need to verify the origins of emails, and what to do if they think they’ve accidentally downloaded a virus.

Please click here for more information and advice on how to keep your children safe online.

BULLYING AND CYBER BULLYING

Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.

Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying. A child can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of day or night.

NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to give you everything you need to know about keeping children safe online. Please click here for more information.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED ONLINE

Sometimes it can seem like cyberbullying will never end. But there are some things you can do to make it stop.

Nobody has to go through online bullying alone. Telling someone you trust could help you report the cyber bullying and give you more confidence to deal with the situation. You could talk to a friend, an adult you trust or one of ChildLine's trained counsellors.

PLEASE SEE THE CHILDLINE SUPPORT LINE FOR MORE INFORMATION AROUND CONTACTING THEM IF YOU HAVE ANY WORRIES.