Cyberbullying for teachers too?


An article in The Times this week discusses the ideas raised at the annual Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) conference 2008, that teachers are becoming increasingly at risk of being victims of Cyberbullying..


A recent ALT poll found that 1 in 6 teachers had been victims of Cyberbullying by either pupils or parents. The increasing number of video phones in schools has been suggested as a possibly reason in this number. The same survey found that over half of those questioned (270 members) knew pupils who were being Cyberbullied.


The union is planning to debate a motion at its conference in Torquay that discusses the “risk posed to the privacy, safety and work-life balance of teachers by government proposals for pupils’ online access to teaching staff” and how staff and pupils can be protected.


A similar idea will also be debated at NASUWT’s annual conference.


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