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Teachers are vulnerable too

New teacher-backed advice outlining how school staff can guard themselves against cyberbullying has been announced.  It sends a clear message that school staff deserve protection from online bullying in the same way that their pupils do.  Reports suggest around 1 in 5 teachers have reported having derogatory comments posted about them on social media sites - including from both parents & children.

Announced as part of Anti-Bullying Week, it encourages heads to get tough on bullying and support their staff facing abuse, as well as outlining a number of steps teachers can take to protect themselves online.  The advice warns teachers of the risks of being identified online.  It suggests they should all search for their own names to scan for any negative comments and advises against accepting friend requests from current or former pupils.  It also suggests teachers should be wary of being tagged in inappropriate photographs or videos on social media.

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