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Cyberbullying of Teachers On the Rise

Cyberbullying of Teachers On the Rise
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There have been many accounts of the terrible consequences when teenagers cyberbully other teenagers. But teachers also face bullying online. According to the BBC, a study from Plymouth University has found that one-third of teachers say they have been the victims of cyberbullying, with the majority of those claiming online abuse being women.

What’s more, while 72 percent of the abuse came from students towards teachers, the remaining percent came from parents.

The study found that 35 percent of teachers said they had been subjected to online abuse. Researchers used testimony from 377 teaching professionals in an anonymous internet-only survey, with some participants detailing the psychological distress they had felt as a result:

One teacher said: “I eventually had a breakdown in the summer holiday needing an emergency doctor to be called out – as I had become suicidal.

“I had intensive support from the mental health unit via my GP, a new telephone guidance service that really helped me plus medication which was a great help, and still is.”

A teacher also reported being falsely accused of inappropriate behavior with a student:

“I was questioned by the police on one single occasion and released without charge, caution or reprimand… I also ended up in the care of a psychologist to help me deal with the loss of self-worth, depression and the urge to commit suicide,” the teacher said.

While most of the online abuse occurs via chat over social networks, students are increasingly setting up Facebook pages “specifically to abuse teachers.” Students have also posted videos on YouTube of teachers in the classroom with less than kindly commentary. Sites like RateMyTeachers.com can contain abusive comments — indeed, one could say that such rating sites are to some extent inviting abuse, as the sites give students a forum to “air their feelings” about teachers (and professors, at RateMyProfessors.com).

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10:21AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

It is very sad how out of hand this has all become. Just another way for people to be mean, disrespectful and hurtful to each other. I am now off Facebook. I just don't need or want to be part of it anymore.

6:05AM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Thanks.

9:41AM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

thanks

9:02AM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

Public and private schools teach students about social pecking orders and that the wealthy elite have the right to do and say what they want and everyone else is beneath them nor are they worthy to breathe the same air.

We've all had teachers we didn't particularly like; those were usually the teachers that insisted that we pay attention and actually do the work. No doubt there are some that shouldn't be teaching but the best way to handle that is through proper channels, not by posting things on-line.

7:38AM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

people make problems not the technology that is used, a need for consequences

7:21AM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

lol.
Thanks.

5:45AM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

I have to say I believe it's more about the kids being taught respect than it is anything else. When I was in school there were teachers I loved and teachers I didn't. One in particular was more like a grandmother to me and I still think of her a lot. My son has had teachers like that and I think it's wonderful! He has some of his previous teachers on his Facebook page and it's great to see how much they care. They still check with him (and other students) to make sure they're doing well and to be there for them if they need help or advice of any kind. I wouldn't change that for the world! If all kids were taught how to respect their teachers they could have these kinds of relationships too. How many of us have said "my teacher so and so was such an inspiration to me". The way things are going now our kids will miss out on that!

4:18AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

public schools also teach kids about social pecking orders. and approperate social protocal and antics.

9:56AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Agreed, Teri. I often wonder what the heck is going on with parents nowadays. My parents are retired teachers, and in their last years I could see the enormous difference between students today and students when I was a kid. Now it is almost acceptable for students to walk all over their teachers. I am definitely against teachers abusing their students, but I also believe children need to respect their teachers, and it's up to the parents to reinforce that. Sometimes parents will blame the teacher, the principal, the government, anyone, except themselves. You want your kid to behave, to focus more on studying, to get better grades? Try to do some better parenting and you might achieve that. This has nothing to do with public education. My parents worked in public schools, I was a public school student, and had much better teachers than many of my college peers who went to private schools. Besides, not everyone can afford an expensive college. Everyone has the right to have an education.

8:16AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

all I have to say is there are some very sad and angry people on here. But to the subject of teachers being harssed by students and parents. What the hell is wrong with these people? First off my parents would have kiiled me if had done anything like this to a teacher. My parents did not make my bow down to my teacher, if the teacher did something wrong or treated me wrong my parents were right there to defend me, but they did require me to have respect for my teachers. I also had to have respect for other students. My parents did not tolerate bullying in any form, and I will not tolerate it from my 7 year old. There is something really wrong with the world today when parents do not punish their kids for being bullies some of them encourage it.

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