A THIRD of Britain’s school teachers have reported online abuse from parents and pupils over the past year, teachers’ union NASUWT said in shocking new research published today.
No action is taken in nearly half of all cases.
And most schools don’t have support in place for teachers despite the torrent of abuse, the union warned before its conference starts tomorrow in Manchester.
Most teachers said that their school’s social media policy didn’t cover teachers being abused.
Half said that parents had posted inappropriate or abusive comments about them.
And a similar number said that parents were venting their anger online instead of raising it properly with school or government authorities.
And one in three teachers have quit social media entirely because of fears for their privacy and the risk of abuse.
One said: “Following parents evening where I told parents their child was struggling in some areas, I was abused over Facebook — many incredibly hurtful things were said. Other parents joined in. I almost had a breakdown.”
NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said: “Being a victim of online abuse can be a very traumatic experience, which can potentially ruin lives and careers.
“Rather than setting a good example to their children, some parents think it is acceptable to abuse and threaten teachers online. The government must act to put more safeguards in place to protect teachers and pupils alike.”
NASUWT’s survey also shockingly revealed that more than three in five teachers had been forced to report pupils viewing or sharing online sexual content, with one in six of these children of primary school age.