Piper’s Hill College embraces the advantages of modern technology in terms of the educational benefit it brings, however the school is mindful of the potential for bullying to occur. The school asserts that all students have the right not to be bullied and that bullying in all its forms is totally unacceptable. The school also recognises that it must respond to incidents of alleged bullying including cyber bullying perpetrated outside the school that begins to affect the school environment.
Definition of Cyber Bullying:
Cyber bullying is “bullying through the internet or mobile phone often through social networking sites by an individual, group against others” It can often take the form of sending nasty, mean or threatening messages, e-mails, and postings on social networking sites such as Facebook or video clips. It can also take the form of private phone calls, nasty posts or pictures on a message board, website or chat room or accessing someone’s accounts without permission. This may also include “bystanders” who implicitly reinforce the acts of cyber bullying.
Different Ways Technology can be used to Cyber Bully:
- Personal intimidationg. sending threatening texts.
- Impersonationg. setting up false profiles and web pages attributed to victim. Pretending to be someone else.
- Exclusiong. excluding an individual from a popular group on sites such as Facebook.
- Personal Humiliation – posting images or videos intended to humiliate or embarrass someone.
- False Reporting – making false reports to the service provider with a view to having the users account or website deleted.
- Harassment or “Cyber Stalking”.
- Manipulationg. sending mean messages to get other people involved in the bullying.
Advice for Young People:
- Don’t reply to messages that harass or annoy you.
- Keep the record. It is not necessary to read it but keep it as a record.
- Tell someone you trustg. parents, teachers, friends, youth leaders etc.
- Block the sender or report sender.
- Report problems to the people who can do something about it. Report to website or mobile phone operator. For more serious incidents report them to the gardai, change contact details, new user name for twitter, Gmail and change mobile number.
- Keep username and password a secret.
Guidelines for Teachers:
If you suspect or encounter cyber bullying follow the following procedure;
- Note clearly everything on the screen including date, time and name.
- Ask student to save the file.
- Print off the material straight away.
- Go straight to Year Heads and follow correct protocol.
Guidelines for Parents:
It is vital that parents and the school work together to prevent cyber bullying. An informed community can tackle and prevent it.
- Ensure your son/daughter understands the bullying policy and its sanctions.
- Explain the severity of bullying and its impact on children’s lives.
- Explain the legalities of cyber bullying to your children.
- Look for the signs associated with bullying.
- If parents believe their child is a victim to cyber bullying save all relevant material.
- Inform the school of the offense.
When and How to Contact Service Provider:
The first step is to contact the person who uploads the offending material as sometimes he/she is not aware that you are uncomfortable with the posting of the content. If this does not have the desired effect, contact the following providers:
- Use website reporting tools e.g facebook click the report button.
- Report content on Youtube
- Report content on Facebook
- Report content on Twitter
- Report content on Viber
02 Customer Care:
1909 (Bill Pay Customers)
1747 (Speak Easy Prepay)
1850 601 747 (from landline)
Meteor Customer Care:
Vodafone Customer Care:
1590 998 150
The school will endeavour to update the school website with more links and information on an ongoing basis.
The Cyber Bullying Policy forms part of the college’s Anti-Bullying Policy and as such the procedures for dealing with incidents of bullying are dealt with within this framework.