Technology is part of our everyday lives and can be a great way to discover new things, be creative and connect with people. Whilst it can be an incredibly valuable learning tool, the internet can also be a dangerous place so it is important to know how to keep yourself safe while you’re online.
Cyber Bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets via the internet. It can be just as hurtful and upsetting as bullying in person, and in some ways worse because the bully can make contact, even when the victim is at home meaning they can never really get away from the harassment.
There are things you can do to protect yourself though.
- Make sure you understand the privacy settings on your social media accounts and set them so only people you allow can see your personal information.
- Do not accept ‘friend requests’ from people that you don’t know.
- Don’t meet up with people you meet on the internet through social media sites.
- Never send out your password or personal details to anyone, even if you think you know them because you’ve been chatting online.
What do you do if you are being sent upsetting content and messages?
- Tell someone! We can’t do anything if we don’t know it’s happening so tell your parents, or form tutor or any member of staff at school.
- It’s much easier to take action if we have evidence so keep any evidence by saving/storing/screen printing it.
- Be e-safety smart – use the links below to learn more about e-safety.
An interactive internet safety resource. Contains the latest advice on cyberbullying and reporting.
Information and advice to encourage responsible digital citizenship.
If you are worried about cyber bullying you can send a report to CEOP – The Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre
The Fulham Boys School actively promotes e-safety and the prevention of cyber bullying through ICT lessons, PSHCE lessons and assemblies. School ICT systems include robust network filtering to ensure only appropriate content is accessible.