Caring For Students - Prevention of Cyberbullying

 

Prevention of Cyberbullying

Technology is a part of our life and we intend to use it as an educational tool. Our aim is to teach the responsible use of technology, not to ban it, or cause alarm.

Social Media and Social Networking Sites

  • Have the computer in a place where there is a bit of human traffic walking by.
  • Have a discussion about technology with your child before you give it to them. It is the best time to set ground rules for their responsible use. Things to talk about in your discussion include:
  • Don't write anything abusive or that you wouldn't say to someone in person. (This may seem like common sense but it is the basis for most bullying issues.)
  • Anything you write online becomes a part of your digital footprint. Once you send it into the public domain, you cannot get it back.
  • Personal profiles should not include your:
  • School
  • Home address
  • Phone number
  •  or any personal information in their profile.
  • Their nickname and a few fun things, such as their favorite color or rock band, will suffice.
  • Don't answer personal questions on line.
  • Do not reply to abuse (Flaming). Just ignore it, block the person, and then report it to the Chat-room Operator.
  • If abuse occurs more than once, follow the same procedure as above, then get a print out and show a responsible adult.
  • If abuse is related to someone at the school, then report it to the school.

Mobile Phones

Points of discussion should include:

  • Etiquette for a mobile phone:
  • There are places where a phone cannot be turned
  • on. e.g. classrooms, hospitals, and airplanes
  • Do not send abusive texts.
  • Do not reply to abusive texts.

What to do if you receive abusive messages?

  • If you are on a phone, switch it off for a while so you are not tempted to reply to every message they send.
  • Under no circumstances leave your phone or your computer on all night. It just invites a bully into your personal space to harass you.
  • If the person who bullied you goes to the school, then report it to your year adviser and show them your saved copy of the conversation.
  • Report an abusive text if it is sent more than once by the same person or group of people.
  • If someone sends a video or image or sound that you would be embarrassed to show your parent, then you need to report it to either your parent, teacher or a responsible adult IMMEDIATELY after you receive it and do not pass it on.
  • You need a person's permission to photograph or film them.
  • Placing mobile phone content online without permission or sending offensive content onto someone else under the age of 18 years old is an offense punishable by the law after the age of 10 years old.
  • If the person who bullied you does not go to the school then report it to the police.