Don’t Be A Victim - Stop Cyberbullying
The NASUWT joins organisations round the UK and globally to support Safer Internet Day each February.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day aims to promote the safe and positive use of technology.
The NASUWT has long been leading the way in protecting teachers from the alarming rise in cyberbullying incidents by providing them with ongoing guidance and training about how to protect themselves in the workplace.
A recent survey conducted by the NASUWT into the abuse of teachers on social media sites revealed the shocking scale of the problem. More than a fifth of teachers reported having had adverse comments posted about them on social media sites by pupils or parents.
Respondents reported having been issued with death threats, accused of crimes including paedophilia and rape, subject to sexist and racist abuse and having their pictures distributed across the internet.
How to get involved?
The UK Safer Internet Centre has developed education packs to help schools deliver activities for pupils and parents and carers on staying safe online.
These include lesson plans and activities for all age groups on creating a better internet and showing kindness to others online. A parent pack has also been developed to educate parents and carers about online safety.
Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk
Developments in technology have made significant improvements in support for learning and in the working practices of teachers and other members of the school workforce.
The NASUWT is concerned, however, by the growing evidence that the abuse of technology, particularly mobile phones, emails and internet sites, is not only contributing to increasing workload but is also providing a vehicle for the prejudice-related bullying and harassment of staff and for false allegations to be made against them.
Cyberbullying is having a devastating effect on teachers’ health, wellbeing, confidence, self-esteem and in some cases their career progression as a result of employers trawling the sites for information.
Tell Us Your Experiences
If you have suffered cyberbullying as a teacher, let us know below stating when and in what form this abuse occurred and whether it was dealt with effectively. All responses are treated with the strictest confidentiality and are used solely to inform NASUWT's work to protect teachers from cyberbullying in the future. The form is not a request for casework assistance for which you should contact your National/Regional Centre or, for members in England, the NASUWT advice line on 03330 145550.