Care, Guidance and Support Archive

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Cyber-bullying & E-Safety

Cyberbullying is the use of the Internet and other technologies such as mobile phones and devices which can send and upload messages/images in a way which is intended to cause harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

At Brockington College cyber-bullying is treated as a very seriously and is dealt with in the same way, and with the same severity, that we deal with incidents of any other form of bullying.  So that we can help you to ensure the bullying stops you must tell someone!

Who could you tell?

  • Your parents
  • An adult you trust
  • A friend
  • Your form tutor
  • A Pastoral Manager (Mrs Wright/Mrs Robinson/Mrs Heath)
  • Your Head of Year (Mrs Dobbins/Miss Heggs/Mr Clark)
  • Email your pastoral team by clicking here: pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk
  • Contacting Childline on 0800 1111

More information on cyber-bullying can be found below:

Simple Steps to Online Safety (***new***)

InternetMatters.org | E-Safety Tips for Parents of… 11-13 Year Olds & 14+ Year Olds

Childline Cyber-Bullying Information

Facebook Checklist (***new***)

Kidscape

Digizen Video on Cyberbullying

Whilst Brockington College makes every effort to protect you from unsuitable content on the internet and via email we realise that a large number of you use the net outside of the school environment.  Please have a look through the information below to make sure you use the internet in a safe and responsible way.

General Information

Social Networking

Anti-Virus Software

It is important to ensure your computer is free of viruses and spyware at all times to keep it running as well as possible.  Whilst there are a number of paid options from companies such as Symantec and Sophos, there are also a number of free alternatives.  Whilst we cannot advise one anti-virus over another (as everyone’s needs differ) we have listed a couple of the more popular free ones below for people with no anti-virus at all:

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School Work

School Work


You are at school to learn, but that doesn’t mean that learning can’t be fun.  If you feel like your having a hard time or are struggling with your work have a look at some of the advice offered by the BBC below.  If none of this helps there is no need to suffer on your own.  Talk to your parents, form tutor or a member of the pastoral team (pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk) to see what help and guidance they can offer:

{ I’m doing really badly }

Everyone has problems with schoolwork sometimes. Try to keep things in perspective.  Getting one or two bad grades doesn’t mean you’ll fail your Assessments. Work out why it’s happening and how you can fix it.

{ I’m really stressed out by homework }

Homework can seem never-ending and you need to find ways of managing your time effectively. Study somewhere quiet away from the TV and other distractions and make sure you don’t leave it all to the last minute.

{ How can I motivate myself in subjects I hate? }

If you hate a subject you’ll probably never learn to love it. However, with a good range of qualifications you’ll stand out from the crowd when you apply for jobs and college so it’s worth doing your best in all your subjects.

There are lots of websites offering study support and you should ask your teachers for advice – they’re there to help you learn.

{ I’ve got problems at home }

If something at home or in your personal life is worrying you, it can distract you from your schoolwork. Talk about it to your family and friends or a teacher you trust. Alternatively, call ChildLine – they won’t judge you and won’t tell anyone about your call.

If you’ve missed classes for any reason, talk to your teacher about what you can do to catch up.

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Dealing with Emotions

Some people deal with stress in the right way; by doing exercise, spending time with friends or relaxing by themselves.  Others don’t deal with it in the same way and can sometimes make bad decisions that put themselves and others at risk.

Stress can be caused by:

Low self-esteem   ~   Domestic Violence   ~   Anxiety   ~   Poor body image   ~   School Pressures   ~   Drug and Alcohol Misuse   ~   Bullying   ~   Depression   ~   Relationship Problems

It often helps to talk to someone about why you are stressed in order to break the pattern and overcome the condition.  This could be any of the people below:

  • Your parents
  • An adult you trust
  • A friend
  • Your form tutor
  • A Pastoral Manager (Mrs Robinson/Mrs Heath/Mr Mayes/Mr Coombes)
  • Your Head of Year (Mrs Dobbins/Miss Heggs/Mr Clark/Mrs Wright/Mrs Smith)
  • Email your pastoral team by clicking here: pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk
  • Contacting Childline on 0800 1111

Here is some information from the Childline Self-Harm website, with some suggestions of things which may help you deal with your situation in a better way:

{ Feeling angry? }

You could try: screwing up paper and throwing it, snapping twigs, running, doing some exercise, squeezing clay, hitting a rolled up newspaper on a door frame, screaming, crying, or a cold shower.

{ Do you feel like you hate yourself or that you’re not good enough (low self-esteem)? }

You could try: having a bath, listening to music, burning incense, phoning a friend, writing, painting, or listing good things about yourself.

{ Do you feel like you can’t control things in your life? }

You could try: organising something, cleaning or tidying, solving a puzzle, setting a target time.

{ Do you feel numb or like a ‘zombie’? }

You could try: being around people who make you feel good, craft activities, make a photo collage, focusing on something like breathing, playing an instrument, baking, playing computer games.

{ Do you feel like you want to escape from your life or a difficult situation? }

You could try a hot or cold shower, drawing on the body with red pen, massaging lotion into your skin, squeezing ice cubes or biting on lemon for the “shock factor,” or painting nails.


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Voice It

Voice It


The key message to all students having problems and difficulties, or simply looking for advice is to let us know.  We can only help and make a difference if we know there is a problem.   Only then can we try to deal with it appropriately.

We appreciate discussing certain matters face-to-face with an adult can be tricky and uncomfortable so if you feel you cannot talk directly to either your form tutor or head of year please send an email to pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk.  This email is checked regularly by members of the pastoral team who will respond to you as soon as possible.

Also, if you would like to report any incidents of bullying, either to yourself or that you have witnessed around the college please fill in the ‘Voice It!’ form below or use the ‘Voice Box’ outside room 018 to let us know. Names are entirely optional!

Voice It!

Please use the box below to report any incidents of bullying, either to yourself or that you have witnessed around the college. The name box on this is optional and you can remain completely anonymous if you wish.

All incidents will be treated seriously and appropriate action will be taken.

If we don’t know, nothing can be done to help you and STOP it!!