Don’t leave compromising holiday snaps on Facebook, teachers warned in cyberbullying crackdown

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….

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UPDATE: You can now download the new guidance from the DfE: Cyberbullying: Advice for headteachers and school staff

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Headline should read “NickyMorgan01 states the bleeding obvious regarding teachers and social networks”

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove As a previous victim, schools often anything but supportive because authorities encourage to suspend which assumes guilt

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove My case was some students decided to pretend to be me on Facebook (I didn’t have an account); Facebook & police were useless

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove My advice (from someone who’s actually experienced this): don’t “friend” even ex-students or current and post minimal photos

  5. andylutwyche

    nonsequiturcouk SchoolsImprove Not keen on the word “client” (can’t think of an alternative mind) but agreed!

  6. andylutwyche

    nonsequiturcouk SchoolsImprove Not keen on the word “client” (can’t think of an alternative mind) but agreed!

  7. nonsequiturcouk

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove From a business POV they’re actually consumers, the taxpayer is the client,technical point from Business Tcher

  8. nonsequiturcouk

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I did cover from a gay guy who’d been suspended for having 6th form round his house. Messed the kids up badly.

  9. nonsequiturcouk

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Indeed… seems there might have been slightly more than accusations, but only slightly, from rumours heard.

  10. kangley_david

    nonsequiturcouk andylutwyche SchoolsImprove not sure what him being gay has to do with it also isn’t there a bit of irony here??!!

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