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Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Term 6 - Monday 3rd June to Friday 19 July! Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July are INSET days and we are closed to children.
Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary School
We are a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. There are currently 416 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Supporting Children with Cyberbullying



Discovering that your child may be affected by cyberbullying can be distressing for parents. Here's a guide on how to handle this situation:


1. Stay Calm:

  • Take a deep breath and try to remain calm. It's essential to approach the situation with a clear mind.


2. Open Communication:

  • Talk to your child about their online experiences.
  • Talk about the apps/games they have access to.   Are they old/mature enough to be using them?   All apps/games have an age category.
  • Create a safe space for them to share their feelings without fear of judgment.


3. Listen Actively:

  • Allow your child to express themselves fully.
  • Listen without interrupting, and validate their emotions.


4. Gather Information:

  • Ask your child for details about the cyberbullying incidents.
  • Collect evidence such as screenshots or messages.


5. Report and Block:

  • Encourage your child to report the cyberbullying to the platform or website.
  • Assist them in blocking the individuals involved.


6. Document Incidents:

  • Keep a record of each cyberbullying incident, including dates and descriptions.
  • This documentation may be useful when reporting to authorities or the school.


7. Reassure Your Child:

  • Let your child know that they are not alone, and you are there to support them.
  • Reinforce that they are not to blame for the bullying.


8. Involve the School:

  • Contact the school and inform them about the cyberbullying.
  • Work with teachers and administrators to address the issue.


9. Encourage Offline Activities:

  • Encourage your child to engage in offline activities to take a break from online stress.
  • Foster positive relationships in their offline life.


10. Promote Digital Literacy:

  • Teach your child about responsible online behaviour.
  • Encourage them to think critically about what they share online. Once online it is not always easy to take down or remove.


11. Monitor Online Activity:

  • Keep a watchful eye on your child's online interactions.
  • Consider using parental control tools to manage their online environment.
  • Think about where they access their technology - is their bedroom the best place?


12. Seek Professional Help:

  • If the cyberbullying is taking a toll on your child's mental health, consider involving a counsellor or therapist.


13. Educate Your Child on Reporting:

  • Teach your child how to report cyberbullying incidents on different platforms.
  • Make sure they know how to block and mute users.


14. Promote Resilience:

  • Help your child develop resilience by focusing on their strengths and positive qualities.
  • Encourage them to learn and grow from challenging experiences.


15. Follow-up:

  • Regularly check in with your child to see how they are coping.
  • Continue to monitor their online activity.


16. Involve Law Enforcement if Necessary:

  • If the cyberbullying involves threats or criminal behaviour, consider involving law enforcement.


17. Stay Informed:

  • Keep yourself updated on the latest online platforms, apps, and trends, including their age rating.
  • Be aware of potential risks and dangers in the online space.


Remember, addressing cyberbullying requires a collaborative effort between parents, schools, and sometimes law enforcement. By providing emotional support and taking practical steps, you can help your child navigate through these challenging situations.

  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School,
  • Belmont Close, Barming,
  • Maidstone, Kent,
  • ME16 9DY
  • 01622 726472