Bullying. No Way! Day 2019

Last Friday 8th March, as part of the National Day of Action against Bullying, our student leaders across the school, created and delivered messages against cyberbullying. As a school, the messages of ‘be kind online’ and “think before you post’ were discussed.

High school students and staff gathered to hear our SLC representatives lead discussions on what is acceptable and respectful behaviour online and what can be done if you are cyberbullied.

Our Primary Pals led talks in Primary classrooms on the same topic. Primary students also created posters and slogans to spread the message.

https://www.whatsup.co.nz/teens/cyber-bullying/

Bullying is defined as repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological aggressive behaviour by a person or group directed towards a less powerful person or group that is intended to cause harm, distress or fear.

Cyberbullying is bullying using digital technologies including mobile phones, email and social media tools.

Cyberbullying includes:

  • Pra​​nking: Repeated hang ups, anonymous, mocking or threatening phone calls.
  • Image shar​​ing: Forwarding or sharing unflattering or private images without permission.
  • Sexually e​​xplicit images: If you have experienced image-based abuse, police may be able to help. Your local police can assist by making a report and may be able to press criminal charges
  • Text and em​​ail: Sending insulting or threatening text messages or emails.
  • Personal onli​​ne information: Publishing online someone’s private, personal or embarrassing information without permission, or spreading rumours online.
  • Identity th​​​​​eft: Assuming someone’s identity online and negatively representing them in a way that damages their reputation or relationships.
  • Hate sites: Creating hate sites or implementing social exclusion campaigns on social networking sites.​

If students are victims of cyberbullying, they should:

  • Refrain from responding online
  • Block and delete the bully from all contact lists. Most social networking sites allow the user to communicate with them.
  • Tell a trusted adult
  • Inform the school
  • Save and store the content. Keep copies of emails, chat logs, text messages, comments or posts. Take a screen shot of the evidence
  • Use the ‘report abuse’ button. Most social networking sites have a method to let the site administrators know that a particular user is behaving unacceptably. Depending on the rules of the site, users can be warned or banned. Cyberbullying can also be reported to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner through this link.

(From: Advice Sheets: Cyberbullying | Department of Education and Training | Susan McLean, Cybersafety Solutions

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