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									                                         CASTLE PARTNERSHIP


                                Appendix to Anti Bullying Policy
                                   Cyber-bullying policy

(note: This Policy should be read in conjunction with the Partnership’s main Anti-bullying Policy and
Expectations for Learning Behaviour Policy.)


The Castle Partnership aims to instil a sense of pride in everyone who learns here. We aim to
provide an excellent education in a safe, supportive learning environment, where people are valued
and make positive contributions to the school community, and where students go on to become
responsible, independent members of society.


    1. All students and staff of the Castle Partnership have the right to be treated with respect and
       courtesy. They also have the right to work and study in an effective, well-ordered learning
       environment where standards of behaviour and discipline are high. The development of
       Information and Communication Technology has created new ways in which people can be
       harassed, bullied and intimidated. This technology includes mobile phones, email, websites,
       social networking sites, chat rooms, and instant messaging.

    2. The Partnership does not tolerate any form of bullying whether it arises from the abuse of
       mobile phones and the internet or from any other source. The Partnership accepts its
       responsibility to protect all members of the Partnership Community.

    3. Cyberbullying is not specifically a criminal offence. However, it can be covered by other
       legislation, including the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, the Malicious
       Communications Act 2003, the Public Order Act 1986 and the Obscene Publications Act

    4. If an incident arises, which may suggest that a criminal offence has been committed, the
       Police will be informed. The decision to involve the Police will be taken by the Principal and
       the student’s parents or carers will be informed.


    5. The Partnership Policy is intended to ensure that:

        Any distress caused from virtual bullying will be seen as a legitimate concern and one the
         Leadership Team will act on, protecting student or staff welfare.
        Any situation bringing the Partnership into disrepute or damaging a person’s learning
         whether in or out of the Partnership time or facilities may be investigated.
        The students responsible will be dealt with in line with the anti bullying policy but could have
         their details passed onto the police if the severity of the situation warrants it.
        This is an appendix of the anti bullying policy and all its directives apply in virtual bullying


    6. Cyberbullying differs from other forms of bullying. Electronically circulated messages are
        difficult to control, are perceived to be anonymous and can happen at anytime, both at home
        and at school. Unlike other forms of bullying, messages can be sent to a very wide audience
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        and can be passed from person to person so that the bullying has repeated consequences.
        Those who are bullied cannot easily walk away.

    7. To help prevent cyberbullying, we will:

       Delegate responsibility for oversight of the policy and procedures to the Assistant Principal
        (Student Support, Advice and Guidance).
       Ensure the involvement of IT staff, the Student Support Team and the Partnership Council.
       Identify partners including other local schools, the Police, Broadband Consortia or providers.
       Raise awareness and understanding through staff development, home-school events,
        curriculum delivery etc. Ensure everyone knows how to report incidents, both to the
        Partnership and external service providers.
       Ensure students, parents and staff are aware of the Cyberbullying Policy, procedures and
        sanctions and know that they also apply to bullying occurring outside the Partnership.
       Monitor the Partnership IT network and check regularly whether procedures are adequate.
       Keep up-to-date with new developments.
       Make sure that students and staff are trained to keep their private information secure
        through password protection.
       Regularly review policies, procedures and practice, conducting student surveys annually.
       Keep students and their parents and carers informed.

    8. When bullying occurs, we will:

       Try to ensure that those bullied keep evidence (e.g. text messages, e-mails). Reassure the
        student and advise how they can avoid recurrence by not retaliating, by ‘blocking’ or
        removing people from buddy lists and considering carefully what private information they
       Investigate all incidents thoroughly, ensuring that a proper record is kept covering dates,
        times, content and, if possible, identities. Provide support to those involved.
       Inform the parents of the student who has been bullied and those of the perpetrator.
       Ask students to reveal a message or other content and, where a student is reasonably
        suspected of bullying, search through their phone records.
       Where the investigation suggests that an offence may have been committed (e.g. if there are
        concerns about indecency, sexual contact or safeguarding), contact the Police.
       Seek to identify the bully by looking at the school system (e.g. computer logs), identifying and
        interviewing witness and, where necessary with police involvement, obtaining user
        information from service providers, mobile phone companies etc.
       Encourage the bully to remove unwanted material from the web and seek to change his/her
        future behaviour.
       Consider any sanctions that should apply. These could include internal or external exclusion
        and technology specific sanctions, e.g. confiscation of mobile phones and limiting access to
        the Partnership computer network.
       Require the bully and his/her parents to sign a behaviour contract.

Policy Date: June 2010.
Review Date: June 2011.

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