Why bullying is rare at Woodlands
Our whole-school community approach to anti-bullying means that we all confront any bullying head-on, and deal with the very isolated incidents swiftly and effectively, involving parents via a telephone call and/or face-to-face discussion. Governors regularly check the Anti-Bullying logs and teaching (and other) staff model positive relationships and communication because our values are strong and universally known.
This supportive tapestry of care reflects our ethos and culture which consciously supports the development of our social and emotional skills therefore much of what we have in place is pre-emptive. This is mostly achieved through assemblies and inter-active PSHEE/RSHE (Personal Social Health and Economic Education & Relationships Sex and Health Education) lessons e.g. about respecting and celebrating diversity because we know that children are often bullied for perceived differences.
We use direct sanctions because this sends a clear message that bullying is not tolerated and we are always consistent with school policy; these are used within the framework of other restorative strategies which aim to resolve conflict and repair harm.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content.
Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.
It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.
Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behaviour.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
- Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tik Tok
- Text messaging and messaging apps on mobile or tablet devices
- Instant messaging, direct messaging, and online chatting over the internet
- Online forums, chat rooms, and message boards, such as Reddit
- Online gaming communities
Cyberbullying has unique concerns in that it can be:
Persistent – Digital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for children experiencing cyberbullying to find relief.
Permanent – Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life.
Hard to Notice – Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyberbullying taking place, it is harder to recognize.
(The above is taken from https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it)
Guidance for Parents/Carers
First and foremost, please come and speak to us at school so that we can provide support, either directly to Mr Kitley, Mrs Clifford on the front desk or your child’s class teacher.
Please also see our Online Safety tabs and Online Safety monthly newsletters.
Internet Matters Provides regularly refreshed content to support parents and carers with all aspects of online safety. Includes lots of advice on technology that can help you to protect your child online and helpful content relating to cyberbullying.
NSPCC and O2 have a free online safety helpline for parents and carers – 0808 800 5000
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Provides help and advice on cyberbullying, the Centre maintains a website called Think U Know for children and young people, and parents and carers about staying safe online.
PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation) have a parent helpline that can provide advice about online safety https://paceuk.info/for-parents/telephone-support/
Report Harmful Content Online (provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre and South West Grid for Learning) have a website which has support about reporting content: https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
Further Advice for Parents and Carers
Recommendations from the Anti-bullying Alliance:
- Family Lives (previously Parentline Plus) 0808 800 2222 – gives support and advice for parents on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying.
- Kidscape Provide workshops for children that need support with bullying issues as well as a helpline for parents and carers
- Stop It Now. Confidential helpline about child sexual exploitation https://www.stopitnow.org/
- YoungMinds parent helpline: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/