Online comments putting ‘unfair pressure’ on teachers

The BBC is reporting that parents making accusations and threats online are putting “unfair pressure” on teachers, according to a union.

The Association of School and College Leaders Cymru (ASCLC) said staff faced “trial by social media” and called for proper investigations into issues.

It said teachers “regularly faced difficulties” with parents placing negative comments online.

Threats of violence were posted on the Facebook page of Ann Fox, a former head teacher at a Bridgend primary school.

“They were very derogatory comments about myself – some of them were threatening in nature and threatening my wellbeing,” she said. “They leave you feeling very vulnerable with nowhere to turn.”

“Most people take a few steps back and think: ‘maybe that’s a bit unfair’. These people don’t edit their thoughts. They go straight to social media.”

But Sarah Hoss, a social media expert and a mother, said in many cases, schools simply needed to engage with parents more on social media.

“So you will find that they will have an amazing Facebook page for example, which every day will tell you how brilliant the school is, what marvellous things they’re doing, and how successful they are.

“But it won’t allow you as a parent to, for example, post on that page. So you feel a little left out of the dialogue.”

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