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Lalor Gardens Primary School
NEWSLETTER 8th September 2016 Issue 28
Dear Parents, Students and Friends of the Lalor Gardens Primary School Community
Revision of Bullying (Week 2)
This is the second of a two week focus on the topic behaviour of “Bullying.” Bullying
remains a major issue not only for schools but for our whole community, and it is essential that all the children, parents and staff come to an agreed understanding of what constitutes bullying, what characterises a bully, and what strategies we can use to lessen and/or eradicate this type of behav- iour. Bullies and bullying exist in schools, workplaces, clubs and communities. The causes and ef- fects are complex and difficult to manage, but it is essential that the issue is tackled and dealt with in a manner that protects and supports the victims as well as encouraging behavioural change by the perpetrators. Over the next two weeks we will be revising:
· Who Are Bullies?
· What Do Bullies Do?
· How Can We Deal With Bullies?
Something that we often forget about or don’t consider is cyber bullying which is much more prevalent than we think. Because this happens via the internet, social media and in many cases while children are unsupervised while surfing the NET at home, it is much more difficult to detect. While the school can deal with bullying at school, we sometimes see the insidious aftermath of online bullying. This is where parents are crucial in stemming bullying of this nature. Children should ALWAYS BE SUPERVISED when online. Ideally the computer should be in a central place in the house where adults can check on what your children are doing online. At the very least bed- room doors should remain open if children have access to the internet from their room. Parents can easily walk past or into the bedroom to check what is happening. Also it is good to check items that have been minimised as it only takes one click to hide something from nosey parents. Believe me I know!!! We must all be vigilant and ensure our children’s and students’ safety and wellbeing.
* Respect * Learning * Empathy * Resilience * Responsibility*

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