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Safe Surfing

 

Online Safety and Cyber-bullying

At Hodge Hill College, we take pupils safety very seriously, and this includes safety when online.  Although the Internet, and many other forms of electronic communication available, offer many new and exciting was to learn and play, it also provides opportunities for a small number of people to abuse this and use this for wrong doing.

Through ICT lessons, as well as during specialised assemblies and arranged visitors, pupils are taught how to stay safe when using the internet as well as what to do if they expect that something is not quite right.  There are a number of trained staff at school who are responsible for this specific aspect of a child’s safety, and ensure that any incidents that may occur are dealt with in an appropriate way.

 

Cyber-bullying and Social Networking

Cyber-bullying is when the internet, mobile phones or any other technology is used to threaten, tease or embarrass another person.  This is viewed at Hodge Hill College in the same light as ‘traditional’ bullying, and will not be tolerated. 

One of the most common places where cyber-bullying takes place is on social networking sites.  These include a number of areas, including Facebook, Twitter Snapchat, Instagram and many other apps.  Again, these are exciting forms of communication for young people with many possibilities, but a small minority of people use these means of communication inappropriately.  Pupils are advised that they should not be using sites such as Facebook or Twitter until the age of 14 and that when they do use them, they need to ensure that they have the appropriate security settings and that they do not post anything that they would not feel comfortable with everyone else knowing about.  Again, Hodge Hill College have staff trained to deal with issues surrounding these sites and are on hand to offer any advice that is needed. Parents and children need to be aware of the need to keep screenshots of any alleged cyber-bullying since it is always helpful to have hard evidence of what has been written/posted and responded to.