Bullying, Cyberbullying and E-safety
Heathcote School and Science College is aware of the issue of bullying, now known as Peer on Peer abuse. 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. If you are aware of any bullying issues inside or outside of school, click the button on the right to report it to us.
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 often occurs via mobile phone usage, through social media or even whilst 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 Board oversees the national strategy around the protection of children online. They have a website called ‘Think You Know’ (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/) that offers support and guidance to all those who are affected by online safety and the repercussions or pathways to deal with such issues.
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.