You may not be aware of the concept of cyber-bullying. For those who are unaware of this unfortunate aspect and development of the technical age, the bullying takes the form of uninvited defamatory, threatening or insulting emails, text messages and instant messages. This is more widespread than one may think and is not confined to senior schools. I hope that by working together we can ensure that no children or their families in our school community suffer in this way. To this end we have researched the area and have included below some information and further reading for parents who may wish to keep up-to-date and, therefore, aware of the potential risk their children may face. The advice for children facing any kind of bullying is:
• Don’t put up with it! Always tell someone that you trust what is happening: Mum, Dad, a teacher or a friend – and we will work together to stop it.
• Consider changing your number or e-mail address if you do get bullied.
• If you receive messages that upset or frighten you, make a record of the sender’s details, the dates and times you received the messages, and report them to your Mum, Dad or a teacher.
• E-bullies will be caught, punished and records of their poor behaviour kept.
• Emails can be “blocked” if someone sends unpleasant messages. Why receive and read nasty things?
S M A R T rules for using technology safely
SAFE
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
MEETING
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
ACCEPTING
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
RELIABLE
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family
TELL
Your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Advice for Parents
• Be aware of how your children are using their (and your) computer
• Be aware of what your children are doing online and on their phones!
• Be aware – Facebook is designed for use by young people age 13 and over
Rounded Rectangle: Are they putting themselves at risk? Is your child the “bully” or the “victim”?
• If young people are using social networks, help them set up their privacy settings
Bully or Victim 
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We want all our children to be safe and happy at home and at school. Help us to help them stay safe. Involve us if you need help!
Please discuss this information with your child.