Did you know that 69% of young people have been cyberbullied?*
Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that takes place online or using digital devices such as such as computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, or gaming consoles. The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines it as: ‘. . . an aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim who can not easily defend him or herself.’
Cyberbullying can include a wide range of unacceptable behaviours, including harassment, threats and insults, embarrassment, humiliation, defamation or impersonation. It can be used to carry out different ‘types’ of bullying such as racist bullying, sexist bullying, religious bullying, homophobic bullying, or bullying related to special educational needs and disabilities. Most young people will see it or experience it at some time in their lives; it can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it can go viral very fast.
Education and discussion around responsible use and e-safety is key to helping young people children deal confidently with any problems that may arise. The internet and digital technology can be used positively by young people and it's never too early to talk to children about cyberbullying and being a good digital citizen.
We want to play our part in helping young people to access digital technologies creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly which is why we are supporting Safer Internet Day on the 6th February. Wearing one of our ‘Stop Cyberbullying’ badges can raise awareness of cyberbullying and send out a powerful whole school message of zero tolerance. The badges can help to inspire self-confidence and self-esteem and promote positive conversations about using “technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.”
‘Stop Cyberbullying’ badges give every wearer a voice and demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding and living healthy digital lives based on mutual respect and trust. Effectively addressing cyberbullying as an ongoing commitment is crucial and ‘Stop Cyberbullying’ is a pro-active way of uniting the school population and promoting a positive whole school community ethos.
Join us in supporting Safer Internet Day on 6th February 2018 and help equip your children with the resilience, information and power to be responsible digital citizens.
Links: Cyberbullying Guidance can be found at the Child Net International website.
*Source (Annual Bullying Survey 2017, www.ditchthelabel.org/research-papers/the-annual-bullying-survey-2017/)
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