WHy uSe CYBERSYD?
CyberSyd supports you in your responsibilities as it:
1) Is an innovative and easy means for young people to report bullying, which is confidential and can be used on any device at any time.
2) Removes the barriers which young people experience when reporting bullying.
3) Creates an environment where students who are witnessing bullying behaviour feel able to report this in confidence.
4) Promotes a culture where the whole school community refuses to tolerate bullying behaviour, reporting it, challenging it and ultimately reducing it.
The Addressing Bullying in Schools Act (NI) 2016 comes into force on 1st September 2021 and places the majority of its statutory responsibilities on school governors.
The Education Authority has stated that:
"The Board of Governors has a responsibility to be actively involved in encouraging and supporting their school as they endeavour to:
Develop an anti-bullying culture consistent with their positive ethos, pastoral care policy and whole-school policy on good behaviour;
Develop a specific whole school approach to tackling bullying which is owned by all staff, pupils and parents/carers."
department of education
The Minister of Education, Mr Peter Weir, has welcomed the introduction of CyberSyd to schools both to tackle bullying and as a part of the wider “Emotional Health and Wellbeing Framework”. He has advised us to bring CyberSyd to the attention of individual schools for the purpose of subscribing as no central funding is currently available beyond the recent grants to support student well-being.