e-safety and Bullying

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Did you know? 66% of 5-7 year olds use the internet at home – with at least 30% using if for games, schoolwork (26%) and information (15%). Over 85% have access to games consoles which may have an online ‘gaming’ or ‘chat’ facility when linked to the internet. 

As a school we want to celebrate the many positives of the internet, and raise the awareness of the issues that children can face online today. As we would protect children in the real world, we want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If children understand the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from online technology and stay safe whilst doing so. 

We encourage parents to become involved in promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for our children. We hold annual sessions for parents that we hope strengthen and reinforce the safety messages that our children receive in school, in the home environment. These sessions provide practical advice and safety tips to help manage online safety issues. 

Below are some useful websites for more e-safety information and child friendly cartoons and activities. 

www.childnet.com

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.kidsmart.org.uk

www.hants.gov.uk/safety

 

Bullying

Bullying is unacceptable and school staff take any concerns or allegations about bullying very seriously. We believe that all children, staff and parents/carers have the right to be protected from bullying and abusive behaviour. It is important that the school community have a shared understanding of what bullying is … and what it is not.

Bullying

  • goes on for a while or happens regularly

  • is deliberate - the other person wants to hurt, humiliate or harm

  • involves someone / or several people who are stronger in some way than the person being bullied. The bully has more power, they are older, stronger or have some ‘hold’ over the target eg they know a secret about them 

    Bullying is all three of these happening, it is not

  • an occasional fight or argument or falling out

  • a friend or class mate sometimes being nasty in some way

  • arguments or fall outs with a friend

  • not liking someone 

    We support children to understand what bullying is, including cyber bullying and e safety issues, through our PSHE curriculum and within our behaviour management policy. Staff ensure that children feel able to let us know if they have any concerns and that these are taken seriously. Similarly if parents/carers have concerns then they are encouraged to talk to the class teacher or year group team leader. It is very important that parents/carers who do have any concerns come and talk to school staff and not approach other parents/carers. Staff will decide on a course of action following this discussion which may involve further observations in school and discussions with children and other staff or parents/carers. All cases of bullying (see the definition above) will be discussed with the Deputy or Headteacher who will be part of the investigation and the action plan to address the bullying and resolve the situation. In cases of bullying this will lead to sanctions as appropriate to the particular case and support for the child bullied.