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PEPtalk – Prevention Empowering Parents and Pupils

PEPtalk is a parent initiative which aims to provide NMS parents with information about preventing addiction. We work closely with the teachers and educators to build on the school prevention programme.

​I​f you are concerned about a student or an incident at school, please contact one of the following staff members confidentially:
– any secondary educator
– a designated teacher counsellor (Vertrauenslehrer): Ms Birmingham, Dr Milena
– the addiction prevention coordinator: Herr Czwielong.

If you have any questions or would like to join our team, please get in touch!

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Recent prevention projects:

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying – Parents’ evening with Berlin Police (January & February 2018)

In case you missed this informative parents’ evening with police prevention officer, Ms Janneck, here are some useful facts and tips.

What is cyberbullying?
When several people bully an individual via social media over a longer period of time (according to German law, more than 4 weeks). Cyberbullying among children most frequently occurs on Whatsapp within a class group. Incidents are usually initiated by one or two bullies but supported by others children who forward messages/do not speak out against them.

Here are some warning signals that a child may be a victim of bullying:   

  • not wanting to go to school (or other social settings), they may claim to be ill in order to stay home.
  • withdrawing from social circles
  • noticeable changes in behavior
  • trivialising incidents they have experienced
  • withdrawing into an imaginary world (e.g. imaginary friends)

If you a concerned that your child is involved in/a victim of cyberbullying, you should contact the class teachers or educators. If caught early, such incidents can often be resolved through mediation.

If bullying is suspected, do not delete the messages/images as these provide evidence.

Legal consequences of cyberbullying
Insulting or threatening someone online is a criminal offence. Children who participate in cyberbullying (even by forwarding offensive messages/images /videos which were sent by others) are committing a criminal offence.

Children over the age of 14 years are considered criminally responsible in Germany, so if a cyberbullying incident is reported to the police, this could lead to a criminal record and details being stored by the police for several years. This can affect a young person’s chances of finding a job or entering certain professions (which require a police check).

How can parents help their children to avoid involvement in bullying?

  • Help your child to pay attention to safety settings and age limits online (e.g. Whatsapp minimum age 13!)
  • Show interest in their online activities, e.g. ask them to show you how the games/sites they use work
  • Discourage children from giving away personal information/images etc. online
  • Set clear rules about time and activities online
  • Keep communication channels open and encourage your child to speak to you if they think messages/images are inappropriate
  • Help them recognise the difference between ‘online friends’ and ‘real friends’

Online resources in German:

Online resources in English:

For information on in English, please take a look at:

22.02.2018 Nelson-Mandela-Schule · Staatliche Internationale Schule Berlin | Nelson Mandela School · State International School Berlin