Know how to use your phone

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPECIAL REPORT -

THE head­teacher of a sec­ondary school has vowed to fight cy­ber bul­ly­ing by work­ing with her stu­dents.

Cather­ine Davies of Chalfonts Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Chal­font St Peter is re­fresh­ingly hon­est about the is­sue. She ac­knowl­edges that like ev­ery­where else there is a cy­ber bul­ly­ing prob­lem at the school.

A re­cent ban against mo­bile phones out­side des­ig­nated break and lunch times has been re­ceived pos­i­tively by par­ents, she says, and stu­dents are of­ten re­lied upon to high­light the dan­gers of new smart home apps to teach­ers.

“Do we have an is­sue here in Chal­font St Peter?” Mrs Davies said. “Of course we do.

“As long as a child has a mo­bile phone, they are po­ten­tially a vic­tim of bul­ly­ing and it can have dras­tic con­se­quences.

“Some­times a highly se­ri­ous prob­lem can hap­pen in­no­cently. In my pre­vi­ous school, a year eight sent her boyfriend a risky pic­ture but the next week they fell out and her im­age was dis­trib­uted around the whole com­mu­nity with dis­as­trous con­se­quences.”

Mrs Davies says she sup­ports the use of mo­bile phones – her own son brings one to school – but they must be used re­spect­fully, such as when a stu­dent needs to call their par­ents.

The op­por­tu­nity for bul­lies to post their abuse incog­nito on­line is a tough one to counter. The school tells stu­dents to ‘un­friend’ and block abu­sive con­tacts.

Mrs Davies added: “We are to­tally com­mit­ted to help­ing when we can, even if is­sues hap­pen out of school hours and will ask for copies of any ma­te­rial.

“It is im­por­tant that stu­dents gather ev­i­dence and we will en­sure that par­ents know what their chil­dren are do­ing on­line and the se­ri­ous con­se­quences if they per­sist.

“They can be is­sued with po­lice warn­ings that re­main on their record.”

Pic­ture posed by model

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