Safer Internet Week – Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that takes place through online communication. Although the use of technology has changed the way that some of the bullying takes place, the core problem is the same as it has always been – as are many of the solutions.

If the child you care for receives a nasty message, regardless of whether it comes from a known or anonymous source, it is important:

* Not to respond

* To keep a copy of the abusive message – it may be needed for evidence

* To block the user from making further contact through the social media platform or app

* To report the abuse to the platform on which it took place For more advice on how to tackle cyberbullying:

http://www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying

This Friday 12th February, you are invited to the new Bathgate Cinema, St. David’s, George Street, where industry experts will offer practical advice on parental control settings for different devices. There will also be the opportunity to see the first ever big screen-screen showing of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) internet safety films that your children see in school.

This event is free to enter, and open to everyone, so why not invite family and friends along? For more info see

www.westlothian.gov.uk/saferinternet