Scoil Bhríde Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

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Promoting Friendship

Scoil Bhríde is committed to creating and sustaining a safe, positive and inclusive environment for all pupils, staff and parents/guardians.

We believe that all pupils, staff and parents/guardians have the right to be protected from bullying and abusive behaviour. We also aim to ensure that individual cases of bullying will be dealt with consistently and in a constructive and fair manner when they occur.

Anti-bullying Policy

Please click here or on the image to read out anti-bullying policy. 

Internet Safety Day - February 5th 2019

Click here to read the full guide.

  • MORE BOYS THAN GIRLS speak with strangers online, 27% of boys vs 11% of girls.
  • THE ISSUE IS BIGGER THAN SMART PHONES: A large proportion of children are speaking with strangers online with a device other than a smart phone. 43% do not use a Smart Phone to speak with a stranger online. Smart phones, iPods and Tablets have the same capability and the same risk.
  • MINORITY OF CHILDREN DO NOT SEE THE RISK: 27% of Primary school children think it is ‘not serious at all’ or ‘kind of serious’ to talk to a stranger online.
  • MORE OLDER THAN YOUNGER CHILDREN speak with strangers online, 27% of 6th class vs 12% of 2nd class.
  • VERY SMALL USAGE OF KIK: 2 out of 7,763 Primary school children reported using KIK.

  • Dr Marina Everri, Head of Research at Zeeko recommends that children’s VIRTUAL WORLD FRIENDS are their REAL WORLD FRIENDS: Children should only connect with people they know in the real world first e.g. brother, sister, someone from school, where they live etc.
    Parents should discuss with their children who they are connected with online. Parents should become curious of what their children do and what their children’s interests are. Parents will never know everything. It is important to respect children’s privacy because this supports a reciprocal trust. Take the opportunity to engage in discussions with your children starting from the hints/ ideas they tell you.

    What is bullying?

    There are many different definitions of bullying in use, however most agree

    that the key factors that make behaviour bullying are:

    · repetition of behaviour, systematically undermining a person over a period of time

    · an imbalance of power between the person on the receiving end of the bullying and the person or persons doing the bullying. Bullying is when one or more people physically, emotionally or psychologically hurt or cause harm to a person who is in a weaker position than him/her/them, and so is less able to defend himself/herself. Bullying usually happens over a period of time, and consists of a series of different incidents.

    Different types of bullying include:

    Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, tripping someone up, stealing/damaging someone’s belongings, etc.

    Verbal – name-calling, insulting a person’s family, threats of physical violence, spreading rumours, constantly putting a person down.

    Emotional/psychological – excluding someone from a group, humiliation.

    Racist – insulting language/gestures based on a person’s actual or perceived

    ethnic origin or faith, name-calling, graffiti, racially motivated violence.

    Sexual – sexually insulting language/gestures, name-calling, graffiti, unwanted physical contact.

    Homophobic – insulting language/gestures based on a person’s actual or perceived sexuality, name-calling, graffiti, homophobic violence.

    Electronic – bullying by text message, bullying on the internet (in chat rooms, on bulletin boards and through instant messaging services), hate websites. Bullying is the abuse of power by one person over another.

    All of the types of behaviour listed above are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at this school.

    Classroom Resources

    This is a short PowerPoint that explores the qualities a good friend should have.

    Friendship PowerPoint

    A more in-depth investigation of what friendships can give and what makes a good friendship

    Making Classroom Friends

    This activity helps students get to know with their classmates. To play, students must find friends who meet the given criteria and add their names to the list.

    Everyone Wants Friends Worksheet

    A short story with thought provoking questions and options for acting out scenarios and making anti-bullying posters.

    Parents Section

    Parents' Guide to A Better Internet

    In every aspect of development, from learning to cross the road, ride a bike or swim, parents teach, guide and support their children. It should be no different when it comes to their online lives. This

    booklet has been developed to support you as you support your child to be safer online. The internet is becoming a bigger part of our children’s lives; it is important that we get involved with what they are doing online. This means not just talking to our children about what they do online but also listening. It is importantthat we talk openly and regularly about our concerns and

    and boundaries around internet use in our homes.

    While the internet undoubtedly presents fantastic

    opportunities for children, it is equally clear that there

    are valid concerns about children spending too much

    time online, accessing inappropriate content, and

    communicating with people with intent to harm or

    exploit them.

    As parents our natural desire is to keep our children safe.

    The best online safety strategy, regardless of age, is to

    talk with your child and to engage with them about what

    they are doing and who they are doing it with.

    This booklet will help you, as a parent, to help your

    children have a positive experience when they are online.

    It will give you information and advice and, as a result,

    you will be able to talk with confidence to your children,

    including teenagers and young adults, about the benefits

    and risks they need to be aware of.

    Much of the information published in this booklet

    has been adapted from content first published on the website. You can visit the Webwise Parenting

    Hub ( to find more supports including

    video interviews with experts, talking points on topics

    that are difficult to discuss with your child, articles

    explaining new apps and technologies, and lots more.

    The Parenting Positively booklet gives information on bullying and what to do if you are being bullied. It also will help you if you are involved in bullying someone yourself. You might want to read it on your own or with a parent or adult you trust. Click here or on the picture to access this booklet.

    Internet Safety tips for parents

    The internet can be a wonderful source of knowledge and entertainment for children. It is a world of fun, learning, creativity and communications. However, the internet is not controlled by any organisation and therefore there are risks involved with it's use. There are many ways that you as a parent can help to protect your children from online dangers and ensure that your child's online experience is happy and productive. Click on the image for more information. 

    We want everybody to be safe when using the Internet at home and it is a good idea to have agreed rules to to help everybody stay safe online. Click here for a downloadable contract that you can use with your family at home.

    Parent Information Sheet

    This link (Click here)  contains information on managing risk online with a particular emphasis on social networking sites, using search engines, online gaming and parental controls.Remember Parental Involvement is key!!!!

    Snapchat is an application used to share photos, videos, text, and drawings. It’s free to download the app and free to send messages using it. It has become hugely popular in a very short space of time, especially with young people. There is one feature that makes Snapchat different from other forms of texting and photo sharing: the messages disappear from the recipient’s phone after a few seconds. Click here or on the Snapchat picture for a parent's guide to Snapchat. Further information can be found on 

    Cyber bullying is targeting someone through the use of technology and is quickly outpacing traditional forms of bullying. Bullying and cyber bullying are two sides of the same coin. Both are linked and display many of the same patterns, characteristics and methods. Both have a massive impact, physically and mentally, on victims. For information on how to tackle cyber bullying click here or on the cyber bullying image above.

    A Parent's Guide to Facebook

    This guide is designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life. That's

    important because 1) if something goes wrong, we want our children to come to us and 2) as the Internet becomes increasingly social and mobile, a parent’s guidance and support are ever more key to young people’s well-being in social media and technology. Click here.

    Protect Yourself Online

    Here we have advice on how to protect yourself in particular with passwords and privacy settings. We also have advice on accepting friends/followers and posting media online. Click here