Teaching how to behave online
THOMAS Harding Junior School,
has just taken part in Anti- Bullying Week, a national initiative to make children aware of the harm that bullying can do.
Part of this has involved sessions on the issue of cyber bullying and how children should react if they feel that they are being buillied online.
Headteacher Jan Burgess said: “We do quite a lot on cyber bullying with the children from year three up to year six. We talk about how to stay safe online, and how they should report anything that has upset them which has been sent electronically, whether that’s an email, a text message or something on social media.
“We tell the children the importance of telling an adult if they are sent something that they feel uncomfortable with, and we remind them that they are too young to be using social media sites. We make sure that parents are aware of that as well.
“We want children to be aware of how to behave online, and to be careful about photographs on their phones and who they send them to.”
Mrs Burgess says that the school aims to stop all types of bullying before it becomes a problem.
She said: “As a school we take prohibitive action. The aim is to stop cyber bullying before it happens, rather than to react after it does. We make sure that our staff know how to deal with the issues, and we want to make the children aware of how to behave online and how to stay safe.”
She added: “We can’t monitor what the children do online outside of school hours, but we encourage parents to be vigilant, and we will take action over anything which is reported to us which is inappropriate.”