Sources for all statistics, and further statistics can be found in the trainer notes.
What should your school be doing? Becta and other partner bodies have been developing advice and guidance on the issue of e-safety since 2000. Working with schools, teachers, young people, local authorities and Government, we have developed a model of support that can help to manage the level of risk. We believe that if you have the following PIES structure in place the e-safety risk can be effectively managed. Policies and practice Does the school have a set of robust policies and practices? Do you have an acceptable use policy (AUP)? Is everyone aware of it? Does your anti-bullying policy include references to cyberbullying? Are there effective sanctions for breaching the policy in place? Have you appointed an e-safety co-ordinator? Infrastructure Is the school network safe and secure? Do you use an accredited internet service provider? Do you use a filtering/monitoring product? Education and training Do children receive e-safety education - where, how? Are staff – including support staff – trained? Do you have a single point of contact in the school? Do the leadership team and school governors have adequate awareness of the issue of e-safety? Standards and inspection Have you conducted an audit of your school’s e-safety measures? Do you monitor, review and evaluate all of the above?
Developing effective policies and practices to combat Cyberbullying
Given we know that Cyberbullying exists (and there are indications that some groups are more likely to experience it than others) and is happening in the online context what policies, practices and procedures do you currently have in place in your various contexts? WBL/Colleges other post 16 contexts
Policies – AUP’s, behaviour policies, anti bullying policies – where does cyberbullying sit/where should it sit? Is it referenced?
Practices – what approach are you taking in terms of young peoples awareness of getting involved inadvertently in cyberbullying, training in developing positive online behaviour? What about staff? How are they educated about the risks? What kind of peer support exists?
Reporting functions – what do you have in place for young people to report cyberbullying?
Technical fixes – do you have monitoring/filtering in place? Is it localised or network level? What are the implications if YP bring in their machines?
Develops a sense of online responsibility and digital citizenship
Provides accessible help and support
Sends out a message to other young people and adults
Creates role models and creates peer activism
Skills up young people with problem solving skills
Builds self esteem
How does CyberMentors develop safe and responsible online behaviours
CyberMentor training and programmes helps empower responsible thinking and management of online issues.
Young people become aware of the effects of actions both online and offline, and as such incident numbers decrease
Encouraging a more active and proactive role online in supporting others.
Overall, 64% of mentees said they felt better after talking to a CyberMentor
As bullying can progress from online to offline, and vice versa, it is a proactive technique in responsible online behaviour.
How does the programme help prevent and combat incidents of cyberbullying
Gives practical advice and support to young people about how to manage their privacy online and how to act responsibly online
Gives young people access to help and support if they have been or are being cyberbullied - access to confidential and anonymous support through the web site
Independent evaluation (University of Sussex) shows that there is a reduction overall in bullying (which includes cyberbullying) – 28%-20%
Raised awareness of the issue of cyberbullying in school and beyond with young people, parents and teachers
Increased reporting of incidents of bullying
Develops online confidence and competence and creates peer support
Demonstrating a 35% reduction in bullying overall and a 31% increase in reporting
The CyberMentors Story (June 2011) In 200 schools across the UK and mass trainings of upto 50 YP Over 4320 CyberMentors have now been trained Over 1278 senior cybermentors Over 1,263,484 unique users have visited the website Over 8000 young people requested to be trained Over 800 requests for emergency help Over 680,899 mentoring interactions
This presentation was part of the RSC East Midlands e-fair 2011 “Becoming an agile learning provider” for more information and to see all the resources go to: http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=227