Cyber-bullying occurs when a person or group of people use modern technology, such as the internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies, to deliberately cause upset to someone by threatening, harassing, abusing or teasing them.


Dealing with cyber bullying:

If cyber-bullying takes place in school, this will be dealt with in the same way as any other form of bullying, in line with the school’s Behaviour policies.


If cyber-bullying is happening outside school, for example, via texts, calls, or social media, then it is essential for school to be made aware, on order for us to investigate the matter. If those involved are known, parents/carers will be contacted to discuss the incident further.  We would also stress that cyber-bullying is a form of harassment and thus a matter that can be passed to the police.  The police would be the correct contact for concerns of ongoing harassment when children are out of school and in the care of their parents. 


Preventing cyber-bullying:

This is a matter which the school takes very seriously and therefore we educate pupils about the damaging effects of this type of behaviour. Bullying and cyber-bullying are issued that are covered in Super learning day, Form Time activities and assemblies throughout the year.


Impersonating a Person, Business or Education Establishment

Impersonation is likely to result in the impersonator committing criminal acts and civil wrongdoings. Civil wrongdoings would usually include breach of privacy, misuse of private information, defamation of character and harassment.

Criminal wrongdoings will often include fraud and harassment. The fraud is committed if the impersonator is able to make gains by misrepresenting themselves to be someone else.

To report any abuse affecting or involving pupils or staff at St Mary’s please email with details of the incident.