MP says schools are failing on cyberbullying and teachers need more training to keep up

The BBC is reporting that the chairman of the Commons education select committee has said schools in England are failing in their efforts to teach children about the dangers of online abuse and trolling…

Earlier this year, the Department for Education issued new statutory guidance for all schools and colleges in England on how to keep children safe online.

Graham Stuart’s committee is looking into whether the guidance is adequate.

The government says it has taken measures to tackle online abuse…

Mr Stuart’s committee’s investigation is part of an inquiry into the teaching of personal, health, social and economic education (PHSE).

The Conservative MP told 5 live Breakfast he did not believe teachers were getting it right: “What’s clear from Ofsted and other reports is that schools are failing to provide young people with the guidance and support they need to be safe online.

“Schools have a part to play in ensuring young people are safe and are kept away from the misery and depression which online abuse can bring about.”

All children in local authority-maintained schools must be taught about internet safety from the age of five as part of the national curriculum, under changes brought in last year…

Graham Stuart thinks teacher training must “evolve” with the needs of pupils: “It’s quite hard to keep up. It’s therefore an important part of continuing professional development of teachers that they are kept up to date with these issues so they can help the youngsters.

“A lot of us with children feel that their children are far ahead of us in understanding the technology and the software. This is another reason, I think, why parents would be keen that teachers should be trained in these issues and be able to communicate with the children,” he said.

Christine Blower, general secretary of the NUT, the largest teachers’ union, said the DfE guidance “has been adopted in many schools” and “the document sets the tone by saying that cyberbullying is unacceptable and gives advice as to how it can be tackled”.

She said: “Using the curriculum – in PHSE, citizenship as well as IT – to educate children and young people about the possibilities and potential pitfalls of social media and the internet is an effective way of ensuring that the issues relating to cyberbullying are discussed more openly within the school community.”…

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What do you make of these comments from Graham Stuart? Do you feel schools are successfully adopting the latest DfE statutory guidance or is Mr Stuart right to suggest that without additional training and continuous professional development in this area teachers won’t be able to keep up with what children are doing? Please give us your feedback in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Schools can’t do any more regarding cyberbullying than they currently do. All information is delivered, it’s ignored by some

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Short of suggesting that people are really careful with regards social media, what more can schools do?

  3. jess_madge

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Have to spell it out I fear. Do not post photos of staff party. Do not “friend” pupils or ex pupils, etc

  4. bentleykarl

    SchoolsImprove Majority of teachers are trained, if they fail to use that training or schools don’t support it well that’s another issue.

  5. HughdjNicklin

    andylutwyche Authoritarian educatn. Identify bad behaviour A. Instruct Chn not to do A. A ends. Infantile, but staple of public discourse.

  6. RuthyM007

    SchoolsImprove sad but true.just as a parent I’ve had to clean up my FB act! Teachers need to be aware of what they post,who they mix with.

  7. ddubdrahcir

    SchoolsImprove If there is insufficient training on bullying, it’s not the teachers who are failing but the MPs. #passthebuck

  8. susieSEALgirl

    SchoolsImprove DfE need to recognise that parents need the education -majority of CB from their bedroom then schools have the fallout

  9. Abbott_Psych

    SchoolsImprove Interesting comments today. I believe more research is needed to build toolkits that schools and teachers can use… #cyber

  10. SAPHNAsharon

    Sally2Sci SchoolsImprove if so then let’s support & build capacity. Majority of parents will welcum help- WeSchoolNurses LGAcomms

  11. WeSchoolNurses

    SAPHNAsharon Sally2Sci SchoolsImprove LGAcomms multiagency response needed? Some SNs already attempting to tackle issue

  12. beyondbehaviour

    ddubdrahcir SchoolsImprove MPs can’t have it both ways – either reduce prescriptive curriculum + spend on training – or back off of tchrs

  13. 2008Potter

    SchoolsImprove Anything else teachers should be doing?! Or is it time for parents to step up and take responsibility for their children!

  14. Caroline Thomas

    Government should produce a peer to peer video to include case studies including parents who have lost their children due cyber bullying.

  15. Caroline Thomas

    Government should produce a peer to peer video to include case studies including parents who have lost their children due cyber bullying.

  16. 2008Potter

    MelanieStaves SchoolsImprove do parents have training?! Yet most bullying takes place in their home and on their clock. #toomuchsometimes

  17. 2008Potter

    MelanieStaves SchoolsImprove do parents have training?! Yet most bullying takes place in their home and on their clock. #toomuchsometimes

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