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Students and Parents Abusing Teachers on Social Media
By: Jessica Cherok
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More and more teachers and professors are dealing with social media abuse, and it’s not just from their students; many parents are joining in.

A recent poll put the level of abuse at 60%, which is a sharp rise from the 21% of teachers facing abuse the previous year. The majority of abusive posts originated from students, but 40% of cases were posted by parents.

According to the poll:
Almost two-thirds (62%) said pupils had posted insulting comments, while just over a third (34%) said students had taken photos or videos without consent.

A third (33%) received remarks about their performance as a teacher, 9% had faced allegations from pupils about inappropriate behaviour and 8% had been subjected to threatening behaviour.

More than half (57%) of pupils responsible were aged between 14 and 16, and 38% were 11 to 14, the teachers' poll found, with a fifth aged 16 to 19 and 5% were seven to 11."
Most disturbing to teachers is the dramatic rise in frequency of abusive posts. The near-constant inundation with racist, sexist, and homophobic comments can take a heavy toll on the health and wellbeing of teachers. Unfortunately, despite the focus on students staying away from cyberbullying, there has been far less talk about students not bullying teachers.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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