As a school community we care about your health and wellbeing and promote ways for you to be safe and happy in and out of school.
In your lessons at school we discuss many ways of keeping safe and how to protect yourself from dangers.
We also discuss topics such as bullying, racism, violence, drug and sex education.
If you are concerned about yourself, a friend or a family member you can:
What is Cyber Bullying?
- Sending harassing text messages
- Making malicious/abusive phone calls
- Taking a picture/video of people on mobiles and passing these around for amusement
- Writing threatening E-mails
- Being abusive in chat rooms
- Writing nasty things about people in websites
- Sending nasty instant messages
- Breaking into someone’s e-mail account to send nasty messages to others
- Standing by and watching others do any of the above
What will Penarth Group School do?
- Make sure that cyber bullying is understood by all staff and added to your anti-bullying policy.
- Ensure all school staff, students and parents know about the policy and systems and that they are regularly updated.
- Monitor internet traffic within the school.
- Ensure that cyber bullying is taught as part of a balanced SMSC /PSHE curriculum and ensure it teaches students how to be safe on the internet and on their mobile phones, demonstrating the pros and cons of each.
- Introduce clear policies on use of mobile phones in school and during school activities.
- Regularly inform staff of new technologies and ways in that they might be abused by people intent on causing harm to others.
- Ensure harmful websites are blocked and regularly check that this remains the case.
- Provide parents with a list of blocked sites and reasons for blocking every term.
- Work with police and other partners such as voluntary agencies e.g. Childline on managing cyber bullying.
What can parents and carers do?
- Take an interest in what your child is doing on the computer.
- Familiarise yourself with the websites that your children uses.
- Read carefully the information from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) about setting parental controls and use them.
- Monitor what sort of sites your child visits most and ask them what they are doing. If your child was going out, you would ask what they were doing and where they are going, this is the samething!
- Understand what is meant by the different terms that people use in chat rooms.
- Familiarise yourself and your children with www.internetsafetyzone.com. Discuss the issues, concerns and safety features with your child.
- If your child does want to meet someone from a chat room, make sure you accompany them and that they know the risks.
- Contact the school at any time to voice any concerns you may have over what your child is doing.
What can young people do?
- If in chatrooms, always use a nickname, don’t give people you don’t know your personal information like full name, mobile number etc. You wouldn’t do this straight away on the street, so why do it online?
- Be very careful about what kind of picture, if any, you post onto the internet as people could alter it and use it for other purposes.
- If you are being harassed on-line, report this abuse via the link on the website and leave the area (i.e. chat room, instant messaging).
- If you receive nasty messages through e-mail or IM, block the sender and report them to the website. Never reply to harassing messages.
- Never meet a chatroom buddy in the real world without a trusted adult accompanying you first – better safe than sorry!
- Remember, not everyone on the Internet is who they say they are. It is like meeting a stranger in the street, you would not believe everything they tell you at first, would you?
- Responding to incidents of Misuse
Minor incidents of misuse by students might include:
- Copying information into assignments and failing to acknowledge the source (plagiarism and copyright infringement)
- Downloading materials or images not relevant to their studies, in direct breach of the school’s acceptable use policy
- Misconduct associated with student logins, such as using someone else’s password
- Incidents involving pupils using their own technology in school, such as having a mobile phone on their person (whether turned on or not), using it in class, sending nuisance text messages, or the unauthorized taking of images with a mobile phone camera, still or moving.
- In all but the most minor of cases it would be wise for the pupil to be issued with a warning, and the incident documented. If the behaviour is repeated, or the misconduct escalates, it can then be responded to more seriously if the school has evidence of previous events. Any incident of racially motivated abuse via technology needs to be linked in with the monitoring of racial incidents in the school and reported in the necessary way.
Incidents involving inappropriate materials or activities
Incidents involving illegal materials or activities
- Comprehensive debriefing occurs after the incident to maximise what can be learnt
- Regular safety checks by the Senior leadership team will be carried out and wilkl follow the correct protocols if illegal material is suspected or encountered.
- All school staff understand the circumstances under which a forensic audit of computers should be carried out, and by whom, and the appropriate strategies to adopt to ensure that evidence is secured and preserved.
- The school’s internet safety team (both policy and management) contains staff with all the relevant expertise, and that the appropriate time and authority is allocated to the team to allow them to carry out their duties effectively.
- Assure student that they have done nothing wrong
- Collate all evidence
- Pass information to Social Worker and Foster Parents
- Offer e-safety training to foster family and young person if required
Unsuitable Materials / Illegal Materials or Activity Found (or suspected)
- Report to Internet Safety Co-ordinator and/or Head Teacher
- Report to Police
- Secure and Preserve Evidence
- Await Police Response
- Allow police to complete their investigations seeking advice from LEA on interim treatment of staff member or student.
- Revert to school disciplinary procedures for staff member or pupil
- If student: review incident, treat as per policy and take appropriate action including blocking account for a minimum of a week and informing parents/carers
- If staff: review incident, treat as per policy and take appropriate action
- Record Incident on Internet Safety Incident Form
- Review Policies and technical tools
- Implement Changes