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Cyberbullying Policy

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CYBERBULLYING


WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING?

Technology allows the user to bully anonymously or from an unknown location, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Cyber-bullying leaves no physical scars so it is, perhaps, less evident to a parent or teacher, but it is highly intrusive and the hurt it causes can be very severe.


There are many types of cyber-bullying including:



CYBERBULLYING AND THE LAW

Bullying is never acceptable. Although bullying is not a specific criminal offence in UK law, criminal and civil laws can apply in terms of, for example, harassment or threatening behaviour, and particularly relevant for cyberbullying – threatening and menacing communications.


PREVENTING CYBERBULLYING

At Burlington C of E School pupils are taught how to use new technologies safely through discreet IT lessons, Worship and Circle Time.  

The children are taught:


Pupils are trained to report any problems connected with cyber bullying. If they do have a problem, they can talk to the school, their parents or the police. They   are taught to:


UNDERSTANDING AND TALKING AND ABOUT CYBERBULLYING

Young people are particularly adept at adapting to new technology, an area that can seem a closed world to adults. As a result the school informs parents about e-safety at the beginning of each year in class induction meetings and directs them to the Think U Know website.  


UPDATING EXISTING POLICIES AND PRACTICES

Other policies relating to pupil welfare and ICT will be updated regularly and shared with pupils and parents. Records of any cyber bullying will be reported to the head teacher as a safe guarding concern, and pupils are made aware that searches can be made of past internet use.


PROMOTING THE POSITIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

The school uses technology successfully to promote and personalise learning. Staff model and inform pupils about safe ways to use technology. When appropriate, specific workshops with outside agencies will be provided to raise the profile of e-safety.


EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF PREVENTION ACTIVITIES

Anti-bullying policies are reviewed annually. Surveys of parents and pupils measure the extent of the school’s success in promoting and maintaining pupil well-being.


RESPONDING TO CYBERBULLYING

Re-assurance will be given that the child has done the right thing by telling someone and the incident will be reported to parents (where this does not pose safeguarding risks to the child).


Advice will be given about the next steps:

Make sure that the child knows not to retaliate or return the message.

Ask the child to think about what information they have in the public domain.

Help the child to keep relevant evidence for any investigation.

Check the child understands how to prevent it from happening again e.g. by changing contact details, blocking contacts or leaving a chatroom.

Take action to contain the incident when content has been circulated:

If you know who the child is, ask them to remove the content.

Contact the host to make a report to get the content taken down.

In the cases of illegal content, contact the police, who can determine what needs to be kept for evidential purposes.


INVESTIGATING INCIDENTS

All bullying incidents are recorded and investigated. Staff and parents are advised to make records as these can act as evidence. Steps will be taken to identify the bully, which may involve interviewing witnesses, contacting the service provider and the police if necessary so that the data of other users can be accessed.


WORKING WITH THE BULLY AND SANCTIONS

Once the person bullying is identified, steps will be taken to address their attitude and behaviour as well as ensuring access to any support that is required. Factors which will be considered when determining sanctions include:

The impact on the victim: was the bully acting anonymously, was the material widely circulated and humiliating?

The motivation of the bully: was the incident unintentional or retaliation to bullying behaviour from others.



DATE:  September 2015


REVIEW DATE: September 2018


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