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Teachers to receive cyberbullying advice

20/11/2014 Joanna
New, teacher-backed advice outlining how staff can guard themselves against cyber-bullying has been published by the government.

The advice, which has been announced as part of Anti-Bullying Week, is designed to ensure those in teaching jobs are protected from online abuse.

It encourages heads to take tough action on bullying and provide support for staff who are facing abuse, in addition to outlining measures that teachers can take to protect themselves online.

Information is provided on the risks of being identified while online, warning staff against accepting friend requests from pupils and encouraging them to search their own name to identify any negative comments.

The advice also warns teachers of the dangers of being tagged in inappropriate photographs or videos on social media.

According to reports, around one in five teachers have had negative comments about them posted on social media sites - from both parents and children.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said that in order for teachers to do their jobs properly they must be able to tackle bad behaviour, and schools must ensure they are protected from any online reprisals.

Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said: "Whilst new technologies and wide access to the internet bring exciting educational opportunities, cyberbullying can have a pernicious impact.

"ASCL welcomes this useful guidance document which will help schools and colleges in their efforts to do everything they can to protect their staff."

Parents are also to be provided with further advice on how they can safeguard their children against cyber bullying, providing suggestions on how youngsters can avoid abuse on instant messaging platforms and social networks, and what course of action to take if they are cyberbullied.

A recent survey of teachers revealed that around a fifth do not feel well equipped to deal with cyberbullying in the classroom.

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