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Awareness of cyber bullying

Seaford Head School, Arundel Site, Seaford December 28th 2012 E53007N

Seaford Head School, Arundel Site, Seaford December 28th 2012 E53007N

Police were contacted by worried staff at Seaford Head School after a threatening message regarding classmates ‘who needed to die’ was found on Facebook.

The cyber bullying, involving two students from the school, was carried out outside of school hours and off the premises.

It has led to headteacher Lynton Golds writing to parents urging them to monitor their child’s use of Facebook and other social networking sites.

Police were alerted on November 23 and following the incident a senior member of staff and the school’s police liaison officer met and interviewed two students with their parents.

Mrs Golds said, “This cyber bullying was carried out outside of school hours and off the premises, however the school recognised that those individuals involved and directly affected by it, were members of its school community and that the repercussions of the incident still needed to be dealt with through the school’s correct policies and procedures and those students involved needed to be sanctioned appropriately by the school.”

Mrs Golds said students were notified that such behaviour would not be tolerated, adding, “Seaford Head School has always taken cyber bullying very seriously and regularly reminds students and parents/carers of the importance of e-safety and acting responsibly on-line.

“The Head of Business Communications led a campaign last term to raise awareness about the issues of e-safety and cyber bullying with all the students, recognising that this is a national issue facing many sectors of society.

“Seaford Head School has also offered a parents’ information evening on cyber bullying and e-safety.”

 

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