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Childnet launches new cyberbullying guidance

Internet safety charity has launched the resources to support schools develop effective strategies to understand, prevent and respond to cyberbullying

Posted by Hannah Oakman | November 29, 2016 | E-safety

Online safety charity Childnet, as part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, is launching their new Cyberbullying guidance along with a practical toolkit for teachers. Having written the previous cyberbullying guidance for schools in 2007, Childnet have consulted with young people, teachers and leading experts to reflect the changed landscape of children’s technology use.

Childnet's CEO Will Gardner says:

“In the wake of recent figures of an 88% increase in calls to Childline about cyberbullying in the last five years, it is crucial that school leaders understand the positives and negatives of internet culture within their communities and have the management  strategies required.

We know that cyberbullying is the key online safety issue that schools face; and we know the serious long-lasting impact it can have on children - Will Gardner, Childnet's CEO

“We know that cyberbullying is the key online safety issue that schools face; and we know the serious long-lasting impact it can have on children. In the development of our guidance and teaching resources we have been consulting with young people, teachers and experts to collect practical strategies for effectively preventing and responding to cyberbullying.”

Funded by the Government Equalities Office and European Union, Childnet seeks to equip schools with best practice on dealing with cyberbullying in their school communities with an up-to-date guidance to schools on preventing and responding to cyberbullying, as well as a practical online safety toolkit for teachers to use within PSHE lessons.

Accredited as a PSHE Association Quality Assured Resource, the toolkit will help teachers cover areas such as cyberbullying, sexting and peer pressure, as well as providing advice to teachers if they are being cyberbullied themselves. Childnet have also created innovative film resources to accompany the online safety toolkit, empowering young people to learn and engage with technology in a positive way.

The guidance and toolkit were launched to support Anti Bullying Week, organised by Anti Bullying Alliance.

Cyberbullying, like all forms of bullying, must not be tolerated. Schools should be a safe place where children can grow, learn and discover who they are - Women and Equalities Minister Caroline Dinenage

Women and Equalities Minister Caroline Dinenage says:

"Cyberbullying, like all forms of bullying, must not be tolerated. Schools should be a safe place where children can grow, learn and discover who they are.

"I am proud that the Government Equalities Office is supporting the UK Safer Internet Centre's new cyberbullying guidance and online safety toolkit. These resources will play an important role in helping to support teachers in understanding and dealing with this issue. To help stamp out bullying for good, we are also investing £4.4million on anti-bullying projects across the country.

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