The wellbeing and safety of the children at Borden is at the heart of our school. We use modern technology on a daily basis and recognise that the internet has given us a platform for learning that would not have seemed possible twenty five years ago but we are ever aware that it also has the potential to cause harm.
For most young people the internet is a place that allows them to contact friends or connect with other people at any time of the day or night.
So what is Cyberbullying? – A definition
Cyberbullying is bullying behaviour that takes place via mobile phone or over the internet through emails, instant messaging and social networking websites. Texts, messages or images are sent or posted on sites, which hurt, intimidate or embarrass another person. Cyberbullying is not carried out face to face and people often don’t know the identity of the person targeting them.
How can we keep our children safe?
We do not allow children to have personal mobile phones, laptops, tablets or electronic games platforms in school.
All staff at Borden school receive regular training in online safety matters and how to deal with issues that may arise. We have an Acceptable Use Policy for staff and visitors which must be adhered to and a clearly defined protocol to deal with online safety and cyberbullying issues involving children.
We also have a carefully planned and structured programme of lessons from Year R to Year 6 that aim to address safe and responsible use of technology whether it is mobile phones, the internet or social networking sites.
We have strict filtering in place at school which prevents internet access to social networking sites and forums but we also teach the children how to respond to anything that they may find upsetting, confusing or frightening while using the internet. All the children are taught about the dangers of giving out personal information and what to do if they are unsure about any content they come across of if something just doesn't feel 'right'. They are encouraged to share this information with a trusted adult. All laptops have a Thinkuknow safety button (Hector Protector, a blue swimming dolphin) that the children can click on. This covers the screen with a screen saver while the children ask an adult for help. This is available for download by parents too just follow this link http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/Hectors-World-Safety-Button1/
At home talk to your child about acceptable use of the internet and mobile phones. Decide upon when and for how long they can use the internet or a mobile phone. Explain to them their rights and responsibilities when using new technologies. Make sure you use safe internet browsing settings on PCs, laptops and tablets. But don’t under estimate the most powerful resource of all – SUPERVISION by a responsible adult!
Many internet and mobile phone providers will provide advice and free internet filters. If you use BT you can download BT Family Protection which allows you to block inappropriate websites, set limits for time online, control social networking, filter YouTube content and review online usage reports and set up alerts. Most mobile phone providers have advice and resources available to their customers to assist parents in keeping children safe whilst online.
Suggestions for parental use
Note for parents: Please check these sites for suitability before allowing your child to use them.