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Dear Parents, Carers and Friends
I was watching the Winter Olympics over half-term and was drawn to the situation of Elise Christie, the short-track speed skater. Not only was she particularly unlucky in 3 events, but she was the victim of some awful and upsetting cyber abuse after her fall in the 500m final. Cyber bullying is a particularly nasty form of bullying as the perpetrator can be anonymous, it is hard for the victim to avoid and it can happen very quickly and involve many others. Numbers vary, but some sources say almost 40% of young people can be affected by cyber bullying. This month, a 14 year old Italian girl committed suicide after receiving abusive comments on the internet.
Bullying is simply wrong and the school will always respond to any reported incidents. I have already led assemblies in September on bullying and will be taking assemblies this week on cyber bullying. Young people have a very different relationship with the internet and mobile phones than most adults, and it can be hard for parents, carers and school staff to keep up
There is help at hand in the form of many useful websites that give advice to adults. These sites can help us support our children in coping with life in a rapidly changing world. Some of the sites I have looked at are listed here I hope you find them useful.
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