Cyberbullying is any bullying behaviour that takes place ‘virtually’ via mobile devices like phones and tablets, through online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and is also common on gaming sites. Cyberbullying can happen in or outside school – whenever and wherever children have access to phones or the internet. Examples of this kind of behaviour include inappropriate text messaging, e-mailing or blogging, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet, excluding individuals from group chat and creating false personas to mock or humiliate others. There is strong expectation from government that teachers will tackle all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying, and in recent years they have extended powers such as the specific power to search for and delete inappropriate images/files on electronic devices, including mobile phones.
Find below some useful links to keep you and your family safe on the Internet. Here are links to some very useful sites:
Parent Information Links
Parent Info Internet Safety
- Having a positive digital footprint
Top tips on how to help your child make their online presence work for them.
- WhatsApp: a guide for parents and carers
Teenagers love WhatsApp - as do a lot of parents. Here's what you need to know about it...
- The 5 digital parenting rules that REALLY matter
There’s a lot of advice out there but here's what every parent needs to know about online safety.
- Preventing cybercrime: a parent’s guide
The average age of someone involved in cybercrime is just 17 years old.
- A parent's guide to Kik Messenger
What adults need to know about the app their children love using.
- Choosing age-appropriate video on demand and online content for your family
How to keep your family safe when viewing video on demand and films online and on mobile devices.
- PEGI games ratings explained
Video games ratings explained in full.
- How to protect your child from trolls
Sadly, once your child explores the online world, they may find a troll waiting for them.
- Don’t pay the price for your child’s online fun
Parents sometimes end up paying unexpectedly large phone bills and don’t know why.
- A parent's guide to Vlogging - what you need to know
Know your Zoellas from your PewDiePies: a parent's guide to vlogging.
- Viral internet trends: a parent's guide
The growth of social media has brought with it some strange modern phenomena.
- What is - and isn't - legal online?
The digital world is so new that half the time we don't know what the rules are.
- What are parental controls and how can they help children stay safe online?
Filters and parental controls may not be the complete answer to keeping children safe online, but ...
- Nude selfies: understanding why
CEOP's film explains what they are, and what parents should know about them.
- Online risk: myths and facts
The internet is a wonderful resource for young people and offers unprecedented opportunities...
Parental Controls give you some control over the content that can be viewed on devices connected to your home network. These include PC's, Laptops, Smartphones and Tablets.
If you are worried about what your child may be accessing on your home network, please contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to arrange to have these restrictions enabled on your account or see the below guides from a few different providers.