Bullying and online safety - information for professionals

Growing up in the current climate can be really difficult for so many reasons. Technology is moving at such a fast pace and is now a growing safeguarding concern. The good news is there's lots of support out there to keep young people safe online and in the real world. One big area of concern for teachers and professionals which can affect a young person physically and mentally is bullying.

Bullying

The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines bullying as:

The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace.

If you are struggling for ideas a really good starting point is speaking to the young people in your school or setting about what they would like to change, add or create around bullying. There are also lots of practical school packs and tools from past Anti-bullying weeks by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Anti-B-bullying Alliance resources 

We have put together some resources with the help of the Anti-Bullying Alliance to help you support young people, children, and parents to develop an anti-bullying approach and policies in your school or setting.

If you would like more support, please email onlinesafety@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Training

If your school or setting would like training to potentially reduce the levels of bullying in you organisation you can take part in training online via the Anti-Bullying Alliance. If you need support or advice in your setting around bullying you can ask us for guidance by emailing: anti-bullying@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Online Safety

Keeping young people safe online can be a real challenge particularly as technology is moving at such a fast pace. A number of safeguarding concerns involve some form of the online world. The good news is we have lots of advice and support to help you keep young people and children safe online in your school or setting.

Where to start?

Embedding online safety into your curriculum in schools or organisations in a community is very important. We highly recommend you focus online safety around these 4 key areas:

  • Keeping safe online – Where should we start and what should we be doing?
  • Thinking critically – What questions should we be asking, and how can we better challenge what we see online?
  • Digital resilience – How can we work through and best manage difficult situations online?
  • Online wellbeing – How do we focus on our mental health, and at the same time protect our wellbeing when engaging with the online world?

Useful resources

A really good starting point for online safety resources is Project Evolve. The resource has guidance from early years to year 13. Also Childnet International has a great bank of resources for a number of age groups.

What polices or documents should our setting have in place?

The SWGFL have some great guidance around online safety polices.

Training  

Northamptonshire County Council offer training and workshops around online safety and wellbeing for schools and organisations. We run workshops for:

  • Teachers and professionals
  • Children and young people – Primary and secondary age 
  • Parents and carers

For more information about our workshops and costs, please email: onlinesafety@northamptonshire.go.uk

If you need support or advice in your setting around bullying you can ask us for guidance by emailing: onlinesafety@northamptonshire.gov.uk

LGBTQ – Information for professionals

Whether you're just getting started or you already have things in place to tackle homophobic, biphobic or transphobic issues. Its important to remember the support we are providing children and young people, needs to be a whole school approach and remember that small changes can make a big difference.

Stonewall offer some wonderful advice around embedding LGBTQ classes, resources and support into your curriculum for primary and secondary schools. They offer a great resource around an introduction to supporting LGBT children and young people. This resource is suitable for all schools, colleges and settings and offers support in creating an LGBT inclusive environment, working with parents and carers, and supporting individual LGBT children and young people in both mainstream and specialist settings. We also recommend the Learn Sheffield LGBT inclusion resources.

Training

If you are interested in training around LGBTQ, have a look at what Stonewall offer.

If you need support or advice in your setting around online or wellbeing you can ask us for guidance – email: anti-bullying@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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