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Anti-Bullying Information for Students

Lordswood Girls’ School & Sixth Form Centre

“Friends be united, bullies uninvited”

Is it bullying?

It is if you feel hurt because individuals or groups are:

  • persistently calling you names;
  • threatening you;
  • pressuring you to give someone money or possessions;
  • hitting/hurting you;
  • damaging or taking your possessions;
  • spreading rumours about you or your family;
  • using text, email or web space to write or say hurtful things.
  • Giving you ‘dirty looks’ / pulling faces at you

It is bullying if you feel hurt because of things said about your ethnic background, religious faith, gender, sexuality, disability, special educational need, appearance or issues in your family. Lordswood Girls’ School does not tolerate bullying. This is what we do about bullying:

  • make sure that the person being bullied is safe;
  • work to stop the bullying happening again;
  • provide support to the person being bullied and the bully

What should you do?

Talk to someone you trust and get them to help you take the right steps to stop the bullying. If you feel you are being bullied:

  • try to stay calm and look as confident as you can;
  • be firm and clear – look them in the eye and tell them to stop;
  • get away from the situation as quickly as possible;
  • Write down what happened and who was involved.

If you are a victim of cyber bullying:

  • Block the bully or report someone who is behaving badly
  • Don’t retaliate or reply to any messages
  • Save the evidence – keep a record of any messages, pictures or online conversations

We recognise the increase in the area of cyber bullying. The following advice will help to keep you safe:

1. Always respect others Remember that when you send a message to someone, you cannot see the impact that your words or images have on the other person. That is why it is important to always show respect to people and be careful what you say online or what images you send. What you think is a joke may really hurt someone else. Always ask permission before you take a photo of someone. If you receive a rude or nasty message about someone, or a picture, do not forward it. You could be assisting a bully and even be accused of cyber bullying. You could also be breaking the law.
2. Think before you send It is important to think before you send any images or text about yourself or someone else by email or mobile phone, and before you post information on a website. Remember that what you send can be made public very quickly and could stay on line forever. Do you really want your teacher or future employer to see that photo? Think about the information you have in the public domain. Be careful who you give your mobile phone number to, and consider whether, for example, you should remain a member of a network where people are treating you badly.
3. Treat your password like your toothbrush Don’t let anyone know your passwords. It is a good idea to change passwords on a regular basis. Choosing hard-to-guess passwords with symbols or numbers will help stop people hacking into your account and pretending to be you. Remember only to give your mobile number or personal website address to trusted friends.
If you have been bullied:

  • tell a teacher or another adult in your school straight away;
  • tell your family;
  • if you are scared to tell a teacher or an adult on your own, ask a friend to go with you; keep on speaking until someone listens and does something to stop the bullying;
  • don’t blame yourself for what has happened.

When you are talking to an adult about bullying be clear about:

  • what has happened to you;
  • how often it has happened;
  • who was involved;
  • who saw what was happening;
  • where it happened;
  • what you have done about it already.

For advice on how to stay safe on the internet, use the website www.websafecrackerz.com If you find it difficult to talk to anyone at school or at home, ring ChildLine on freephone 0800 1111. This is a confidential helpline. If you are hard of hearing you can use the textphone 0800 400 222. You can also write to Freepost 1111, London N1 0BR. The phone call or letter is free.

Use of ICT and Social Media Whilst in School

Rules for Responsible ICT and Media Use

The school has installed computers and internet access to help your learning.

The following rules are to keep everyone safe and help everyone to be fair to others.

You must:

Do’s

• Only access the system with your own login and password, which you must keep secret; if you suspect someone knows your password you must get itchanged.

• Only use the school computers for school work and homework.

• Ask permission to print and be responsible for your own printing account.

• Ask your teachers permission before you transfers files from a USB drive to the school network, to reduce the likelihood of virus transmission.

• Only use the internet when requested by a teacher and for school work purposes only.

• Only use your school email for educational purposes and communicating with your teachers.

• Only send messages which are polite and responsible.

• Report any unpleasant material or messages sent to you using the school communication systems.

• Lock the computer if away from it for a short period of time and log off after using the computer.

• Understand that the school will check your computer files and may monitor the internet sites you visit, check your activity on social media accounts and emails sent.

• Adhere to the school’s e-safety, behaviour and ICT policies with regard to the responsible use of social media, use of portable media devices such as digital camera, video cameras and mobile phones safely and with the teachers permission whilst in school.

Don’ts

• Do not use a computer without permission.

• Do not access other people’s files.

• Do not give out your personal details such as home address, telephone number or arrange to meet someone via the school ICT system.

• Do not use the school email system or social media accounts to threaten, harass, cyberbully or post inappropriate text/images.

The school takes instances of cyberbullying and the posting of inappropriate text/ images very seriously.

Policies mentioned above can be found on the school website.

Using Social Media Safely Whilst Outside School