Bullying and Online Safety

Online Safety

Online Safety is important to us at TNIS. With help from NetSafe, TNIS is working to provide strategies for both learners and parents so that learners’ use of the internet is carried out safely and appropriately.

TNIS works in partnership with NetSafe and N4L (Network for Learning) to educate learners about staying safe on the internet. Access to practical means to filter inappropriate and unwanted online content at home is available. A FREE filter provided by the Ministry of Education is Switch On Safety.

Follow this link for further information about what is blocked and for instructions about how to change the settings on your child’s device.

The NetSafe Parents Toolkit contains a wealth of helpful advice on “The Five Challenges” parents and learners encounter online:

1. Online bullying

2. Unwanted contact

3. Social media

4. Sexting

5. Inappropriate content

Last year, we had a NetSafe representative present to our parent community. Take a look at the slideshow that went along with the presentation.

Bullying

Bullying is deliberate, harmful behaviour that is repeated or continues over a period of time. It often involves a power imbalance and it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves.

Bullying may be defined as:

  • physical, e.g. hitting, kicking, taking belongings
  • verbal, e.g. name calling, insults
  • social/relational, e.g. spreading nasty stories, excluding from groups, making threats
  • identity-based, e.g. racist, sexist, religious, ableist, sexuality and gender-based.

All members of the school have a responsibility to recognise bullying and online bullying, and to take action when they are aware of it happening. Maintaining awareness is important as bullying can be subtle and hard to recognise but small acts are still harmful over time. Takapuna Normal Intermediate School aims to create a safe environment but if students are being bullied, they need to feel supported and know what to do.

There is an email address that learners can write to about any issues or concerns they may have. All emails are confidential. The email address is:
stopbully@tnis.school.nz

A useful Ministry of Education resource for parents can be found via the link below. The resource contains guidance for parents when dealing with bullying issues. 

Tackling Bullying: A Guide for Parents and Whānau