At the start of Anti-Bullying Week, the Telegraph is reporting that teachers are being warned not to leave compromising photographs of themselves enjoying beach holidays or attending parties on Facebook, under guidance designed to curb a rising tide of online abuse by pupils and their parents…
Teachers will be told they must not befriend pupils online, and ensure that their mobile phones are password -protected to prevent private pictures being intercepted, under advice drawn up by Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary.
They will be told to ensure their friends and family have heightened privacy settings on social networking sites, to prevent pupils surreptitiously accessing photographs that could prove embarrassing in the classroom.
Mrs Morgan encouraged headteachers to “get tough” with pupils and parents who “troll” teachers online with vile abuse…
“It’s vital that all our teachers feel able to do their jobs properly, including being able to take a firm stance on poor behaviour. To do that they need to know their school will take action against reprisals in the form of online harassment and abuse.”
…Teachers will be told that their school has a legal duty to protect them from online abuse, and encouraged to seek support from their trade union.
They will be told that abusive comments from parents may constitute a crime that should be reported to the police….
UPDATE: You can now download the new guidance from the DfE: Cyberbullying: Advice for headteachers and school staff
Do you welcome this intervention by Nicky Morgan and the DfE about online abuse teachers are facing from students and parents? Is the recommendation for headteachers to “get tough” on those doing it the right way to go? Please give us your reactions in the comments or via Twitter…
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