Stop Cyberbullying Day – 16th June 2017

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With this year’s 'Stop Cyberbullying Day', there’s no better opportunity to teach your students about using the Internet respectfully and responsibly.

'Stop Cyberbullying Day' was founded by The Cybersmile Foundation on June 17th 2012, to promote online positivity and good digital citizenship. Since then, every year on the third Friday in June, 'Stop Cyberbullying Day' has become a growing force of positivity

The day brings together the entire global community in demonstrating our mutual commitment towards making the Internet a safer place for young people to enjoy. The aim is for all young people to have the freedom to use the Internet for learning, gaming and being social without the fear of threats or harassment.

The facts
Cyber bullying and online abuse can lead to social isolation, depression, eating disorders self-harm and suicide. Statistics from PEW Research and iSafe Foundation state that:

  • 40% of Internet users say they have personally experienced digital abuse
  • 20% of those who experienced online harassment said they feared for their lives
  • 50% of teens have been bullied online
  • How to get involved
    Whether you choose to be involved on the day itself or whether you choose to tackle cyber bullying all year round, there are a number of ways you can get involved.

  • Twitter - ask students to come up with advice they would give a victim of cyber bullying or come up with an anti-cyber bullying slogan and Tweet it to @CybersmileHQ using the hashtag #stopcyberbullyingday
  • Fundraise - hold a non-uniform day, tackle a sponsored challenge or hold a cyber bullying awareness event in your school
  • Become a Partner - join the Cybersmile Foundation, 'Stop Cyberbullying Day' campaign as an official school partner.
  • As part of our commitment in helping schools educate children about safer Internet usage we are pleased to offer you our cyber bullying assembly plan, which can be downloaded by both Free and Premium Plus E-safety Support members

    “'Stop Cyberbullying Day' has grown to become something very special. Engagement numbers each year are in the millions, yet the event is still in its relative infancy. Although Cybersmile will continue to coordinate 'Stop Cyberbullying Day', providing a designated platform for the event to continue to grow at its own speed makes complete sense.” – Dan Raisbeck, Co-Founder, The Cybersmile Foundation.

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    Written by E-safety Support on May 22, 2017 09:56

    The 3 Rules Of How To Criticise Your Child’s Teacher Online

    If you’re reading this post, the chances are you’re a parent, with a child or children who attend school and if you’re not, then you probably know someone who is. If you are a teacher, you may wonder why we are publishing this article - please read on


    Online BullyingRarely, these days, does a week go by, when we don’t hear coverage on the news about cases of online bullying. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this phenomenon, tagged as ‘cyberbullying’, is mainly aimed at children, such as the tragic story of 14 year old Megan Evans, from Millford Haven, who, in February 2017, was driven to take her own life, following a consistent campaign of cyber-bullying on the social media site Snapchat.

    Such stories are particularly heart breaking when they involve children. Equally concerning though is the increase with which teachers are on the receiving end of similar bullying and abuse and often from the parents of the children they teach.

    The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) receives hundreds of calls every week from teachers who are being ‘cyberbullied’ The majority of such complaints are about parents using websites and social media, in particular, to attack those they entrust with their childrens’ education.

    This week, the media has emphasised the problem of inappropriate online posts by singling out some of the top web and social media sites for failing to do enough to prevent illegal and hateful content being shared online.

    Criticising Online Has Become Too Easy
    We live in a world where anyone can instantly vent their emotions, positive or negative, to an ever-attentive online audience and it seems that the louder we shout the bigger the audience that can be reached. An angry tweet or Facebook post, from a disgruntled parent, aimed at a teacher, could potentially go viral within minutes of being shared, without that teacher being aware that their reputation is being dismantled online while they sleep.

    Remember the days of pre-social media and even before email, when you had to write a letter? If you had a complaint, you would invariably put it in writing or visit the school in question, sitting down face-to-face with your son or daughter’s teacher and thrash out your concerns in a reasonably civilised manner. Only the most abrupt and confident of disgruntled parents would resort to name calling or verbal abuse, when sitting in the same room as the person they had issue with. Much of what is posted on social media today would rarely be said if that person was face-to-face with their intended target.

    Criticising Teachers Online Affects Your Children
    As long ago as 2009, research from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) showed that 63% of teachers who had suffered cyberbullying personally said they had received unwelcome emails. Over a quarter had had offensive messages posted about them on social networking sites such as Facebook and 28% described being sent unwelcome text messages.

    Online Teacher BullyingIn 2016 More than half of the 1,188 head teachers who replied to a survey by schools management service, The Key, said that parents' online behaviour was a problem. 15% of the heads themselves, mentioned that they had suffered from negative behaviour from parents. More than half of heads surveyed said that parents’ online behaviour was a concern.

    The NASUWT teacher’s union has described the online bullying of teachers by parents and pupils as a ‘growing trend’. It’s important to understand how the result of this behaviour can affect the children of those parents who are taking to social media to vent their frustrations. Teachers are experiencing anxiety and depression, paranoia, often having to take anti-depressants. The result of these measures means that teachers are becoming worn down and in some cases, unable to do their jobs to the best of their ability. This of course has a negative impact on the children they teach. The more the parents persist with their online attacks, the less effective an education their children receive. In short, such online abuse is self-defeating in the long run.

    How To Criticise A Teacher Online
    There is one over-riding rule, when it comes to criticising a teacher online and especially in public and that is DON’T! Hold your horses, count to 10, whatever you do but resist the all too easy temptation to fire off a tweet or a Facebook post. Let’s face it, when you use social media in such a way you are hiding behind your very own Facebook wall. The person your criticism is aimed at cannot defend themselves, at least not adequately. This approach is itself a form of bullying - is that how you want to come across?

    The 3 Rules Of How To Criticise Your Child’s Teacher Online

    Rule 1. Stop and consider what you want to achieve from your criticism.
    Are you angry and your criticism is simply a way to vent your frustration? Aside from momentarily getting the anger off your chest and most likely upsetting the person the criticism is aimed at, what will your comment achieve? Will it improve the situation you’re unhappy with? Most forms of criticism, unless constructive, can be categorised as aggressive behaviour. The definition of aggressive behaviour is a personal attack, verbal or physical on another person. This type of behaviour rarely gains the support of others, directly involved or those who observe the attack (other online viewers).

    Rule 2. Consider the impact your criticism may have on your victim.
    That late night, emotional tweet or post-beer Facebook post takes only seconds to construct then share but its impact on the person it’s intended for can last a lifetime. One of the earliest and probably most famous ‘victims’ of online abuse, goes back to the administration of former US president Bill Clinton. Monica Lewinski, who Clinton finally admitted to having relations with, talked about the severe suicidal tendencies she experienced in the aftermath of her affair and the torrent of online abuse she received; her mother would stand in the bathroom whilst Lewinski showered, to make sure she didn’t act on her feelings. Why does online humiliation have such an impact though?

    Shame and guilt (perceived or real) are 2 of our core emotions, which we’ll do almost anything to avoid experiencing. These emotions mean that we have failed to live up to our own moral standards. One outcome, when we’re criticised publicly, is that we become concerned that others will think we’re a bad person, this can have a devastating impact on some people, creating a spiralling down of their own self-worth. Social media and its potential reach, simply exacerbates this feeling of poor self-worth. Is your criticism worth the potential consequences that it may cause?

    Rule 3. Criticise the action not the person
    Chances are that it’s rarely the person that you’re unhappy with. More likely, it’s a behaviour or an action you believe they have taken that is the cause of your anger – focus on that action or behaviour only. Teachers are people, sometimes they get things wrong, it’s human nature. To criticise someone’s character (“you are stupid, an idiot, an imbecile) implies that you know this person well enough to suggest these are this person’s permanent character traits. If this were true then it’s unlikely that this person would ever have become qualified as a teacher. Identify the specific behaviour or action you’re unhappy with and if you must criticise online, stick to that issue. When you complain about an action or a behaviour then facts can be assessed to determine whether the criticism is warranted or not. When you attack someone’s character, then it is far more difficult for you or anyone else to justify your actions. It is unsurprising therefore, that people who display regular patterns of aggressive behaviour, have few real friends or supporters.

    The University of Oxford’s ‘Practical Ethics’ publication, which draws on research from students and researchers, based at the Philosophy Faculty, also explains an irony in the behaviour of people who attack others online. ‘The people who feel the most insecure about a certain character attribute (e.g., being honest) are also the ones prone to call out other people on it, this is known as self-completion theory. Such public criticism is a symbolic act that achieves self-completion and makes people feel secure about themselves.

    There will obviously be occasions when you have legitimate causes for complaint about the quality of the teaching your child is receiving. Teaching is no more a perfect science than any other form of vocation – people make mistakes, they make poor decisions, they are fallible. How about you, can you boast a blemish free life, personally or occupationally?

    It is your right to criticise your child’s educators, when you feel the quality of teaching or care falls short of the expected standards. You should do so however, with the intention of improving that quality of education and care. If you criticise simply to put someone else down, then you lower yourself to the level of the playground bully.



    We would like to thank Steve Phillip of Linked2Success for this article. Steve will be hosting our Digital Reputation webinar in July - to find out more and register, click here.

    If you would like to share your thoughts or experiences with other teachers, please use the comments section below

    Written by Steve Phillip on May 04, 2017 12:29

    E-safety Support Webinar Series

    Forthcoming free e-safety webinars covering cyber bullying, digital reputation and public WiFi


    E-safety Support WebinarsFollowing the hugely popular Safer Internet Day webinars which took place earlier in the year, we are now delighted to announce the next 3 E-safety Support webinars - all designed to help you address e-safety issues with not only pupils, but also with staff and parents.

    Full details of the individual webinars will be released in due course, but you can register your interest now by clicking on the links provided.



    Cyber bullying - 8th June 2017
    June and July see a number of national campaigns to build awareness of bullying and cyber bullying, including Stop Cyber Bullying Day in June and Stand up to Bullying Day in July. Our cyber bullying webinar, hosted by Tim Pinto will provide ideas and suggestions on how to educate your pupils on cyber bullying issues.

    There will be three sessions throughout the day.

    Register for the 10am cyber bullying webinar
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    Digital reputation - 10th July 2017
    Hosted by social media expert, Steve Phillip from Linked2Success, this webinar will discuss how teachers can maintain the reputation of the school and themselves on social media. With tips on what to include on your profile, privacy and how to deal with negative comments, this informative session will help protect teachers online. It will also show teachers how to use their online activity for career development.

    Teachers should always adhere to the school AUP when using social media.

    Register for the digital reputation webinar



    Public WiFi (Provisional) - September 2017
    Having a safe WiFi system in school can help protect users from accessing inappropriate Internet content. The team at Friendly WiFi will be hosting this informative session.

    Further details to follow.

    Pre-register for the public WiFi webinar



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