We, the staff and students of Helston Community College, stand united in our quest to deplore all types of bullying and discrimination and any behaviour that encourages it. We aim to provide support and guidance for both victims and perpetrators of bullying as well as sanctioning where necessary, but ultimately to eliminate bullying in its earliest stages in order to ensure all members of our College feel protected.
At the start of each academic year the College will promote the anti-bullying prevention with the College community through assemblies and the tutorial programme.
An action or series of repeated actions whereby one wilfully causes physical or psychological harm to another, which may make that person or group, feel insecure, inferior, upset, scared or vulnerable. This also includes cyber bullying, which is bullying through instant messaging social networking sites.
No matter what, it is always important that you tell someone that you are being bullied, suffering from racism or being taunted via social media. The best way to stop bullying from happening or any other problems worrying you or upsetting you, is to tell someone you trust or know like a teacher, parent or guardian.
We believe that as students of Helston Community College, you need the knowledge, skills and tools to understand and harness the power of the Internet.
When you use the Internet in school, you and your parents can be assured that through our security and filtering technologies, your browsing will be safe and secure. However, when you are browsing the Internet at home, things may not be as safe and secure.
Make sure you know the SMART rules:
S - SAFE: To keep safe online, don't give out your personal information - full name, email address, phone number, home address or school.
M - MEETING: Meeting someone you have met online can be dangerous. Only meet if your parents or carers agree and they can be with you.
A - ACCEPTING: Accepting emails and messages from people you don't know can be risky, especially if they have attachments - they can contain viruses or nasty messages.
R - RELIABLE: Information you find on the internet may not be reliable, and people may not be who they say they are.
T - TELL: Tell your parent, carer or an adult you trust if something makes you feel worried or if you know someone is being bullied online.
If you are concerned about something that may have happened while online you can now report it to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. You are doing the right thing and by taking this action you may not only help yourself but also help make other people safer as well.
Below are some web sites about Internet safety that you might find useful.
Think You Know - for students
Get Safe Online
www.kooth.com, offers young people, between the ages of 11 - 26-year-olds, in Cornwall access to a free counselling service. Online opening times: Monday - Friday 12pm - 10pm, Saturday - Sunday 4pm - 10pm.
Kooth can help with many types of concerns including:
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