Bullying, Cyberbullying and E-safety
Heathcote School and Science College is aware of the issue of bullying. We take incidences very seriously and treat them with confidentiality where possible. We acknowledge that many young people have fears and perceptions of bullying which require addressing. Staff are kept fully informed of bullying incidents or concerns.
In addition to our Anti-Bullying assemblies, pastoral power-points and staff vigilance we are introducing Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from early 2017. These are students from across the school who have applied to be Ambassadors, willing to give up their time to listen, talk to and support any victims of bullying throughout the school day. The team of Ambassadors will be led by two senior prefects and a number of voluntary staff. The ambassadors are there to offer guidance to students whilst encouraging a form of correspondence between students and teachers. They will work closely with Heads of Year and Learning Managers in highlighting concerns for any students throughout the school. Senior prefects and staff will be undertaking training with The Diana Award alongside some younger students to fully implement the initiative.
Here at Heathcote School we are dedicated to improving people's awareness on how to keep safe online.
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying which uses technology against the victim. This can occur via a mobile phone, through social media or even while video gaming, and young people who are victimised in this way can be absolutely devastated by the consequences. However, there are steps that can be taken to protect a child from cyberbullying, help them deal with the effects and to prevent the bullying from continuing.
Young people who bully other children online need not be bigger or stronger than their victim physically and their activities can be quite low-key and difficult to spot. It is an unfortunate fact that a great many children have engaged in cyberbullying in some way or have been a victim of it – or in many cases have simply been a bystander. Parents and carers should be watchful for signs of cyberbullying in their children, be they victim or perpetrator.
Please click this link for advice about cyberbullying for parents and carers, how they can help keep their child safe from this form of bullying, and how to deal with the consequences if it does occur.
CEOP: Child Exploitation & Online Protection
The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.