Each class makes up class rules at the beginning of the year which everyone agrees will assist learning and facilitate a happy classroom environment. In addition, there are school rules and values which are contained in the behaviour policy.
There is an expectation of high standards of personal behaviour and respect for others which we hope you will encourage and support.
Children’s achievements are celebrated in a special Celebration Assembly held every Friday. They do find this very motivating. Rewards also include stickers, certificates, praise and the opportunity to share their work with other staff and children. Considerate behaviour is also noticed at break and lunch times.
Everyone has the right to:
feel safe, cared for and respected
be able to learn to the best of his/her ability and to develop whatever skills he/she possesses
be treated equally irrespective of gender, race, physical characteristics or any other factors
learn and play without disruption
be responsible for their own behaviour
respect the rights of others.
Everyone is expected to:
We say No to Bullying, whether verbal or physical; it has no place in our school. We ask for all parents and pupils to help us by reporting immediately any incidents so that we can deal firmly and fairly with any bullies, involving parents if appropriate.
Cyber Bullying is on the increase and below is a report for parents’ information which highlights the problem. At school we discuss being safe on the internet and use the KnowITall resources.
13 June 2012
They innocently sign up to play games with their friends online, but one in four (27%) of British primary school children who encounter bullying are initiated to cyberbullying via online gaming sites. Today we reveal the results of our on-going Virtual Violence series of reports, which is a wide-ranging study into school age children’s exposure to cyber bullying. For the first time, the previously uncharted world of cyber bullying via online gaming is revealed.
Of the 21 per cent of eight to 11 year-olds who have experienced cyberbullying, more than a quarter (27%) were targeted whilst playing an online game. Virtual Violence II, commissioned by the Nominet Trust, suggests young children sign up to have fun and play online but are unwittingly subjected to abuse and harassment from people they meet on these sites – the latest breeding ground for cyberbullying.
The report points towards unmonitored exposure to technology at increasingly early ages as one of the key issues with almost two thirds (62%) of eight to 11 year-olds having their own phone, while many own a personal computer, tablet or gaming device which connects to the internet.
By far the most popular use for mobile phones and the internet amongst under-11s is for playing games (73%) which underlines the fact that gaming is the first mechanism through which children interact with others online.
Emma-Jane Cross, chief executive of BeatBullying, said: “Most online games which children play nowadays have a social aspect to them. Games attract hundreds of thousands of young people a week and their conversations and interactions may, in some instances, be unregulated by the gaming provider. This makes them extremely vulnerable.
“Bullying behaviour is migrating into the game play world and we need to move quickly to tackle behavioural issues before this escalates even further.”
The report, to be broadcast by Channel 4 News is a wake-up call to parents and teachers. Young people told researchers how they wanted to be protected online:
The report also highlights the failure of gaming websites, and console games played online, to put adequate and vital age verification technology in place to prevent children below the minimum age requirement from joining or playing age inappropriate games.
Furthermore, the children surveyed reported concerns about the reporting of abuse they encountered. Many cited reporting procedures as being too complex and sites being difficult to navigate.
Emma-Jane Cross added: “It seems no area of the internet is safe from cyber bullying. Whilst BeatBullying supports the view that parents should be required to make an ‘active choice’ on the technological controls available to them, we think a different approach is also needed; one focused on educating young people, parents and tackling the root of bullying behaviours.
“Our report highlights the absence of parental responsibility in children’s e-safety and behaviour online. As it’s often difficult to supervise a child who goes online from multiple locations, the key should be for parents to teach children what is appropriate and what is safe when they are online. Should they get into trouble, teach them what they can do and where to go.
“BeatBullying has long been campaigning for an integrated approach, working together with the Government and internet service providers, and the websites themselves to ensure better user interface design, with clear and simpler reporting mechanisms – especially where a service is marketed and provided to children – making it easier for users to report cyberbullying.”
BeatBullying has developed MiniMentors; an innovative adaptation of the award winning CyberMentors programme, specifically designed for primary school children aged 5-11. The programme addresses issues around friendship and bullying, to help children stay safe, build emotional resilience and sustain friendships. MiniMentors develops active, compassionate and responsible young citizens, and helps children articulate their feelings and express themselves, building their confidence and well-being. Moderation on the website is provided by people and sophisticated software to keep children protected at all times. Find out more at www.minimentors.org.uk
Should you wish to follow this up through Beatbullying, click here.
Adviser – PSHE, SEAL and Behaviour, NIEAS
Norwich PDC, Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL
tel: 01603 307755