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hypothetical question

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Faldamir12, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Faldamir12

    Faldamir12 New commenter

    Hi everyone,
    If a pupil posts something on a social networking site about his/her teacher and the comments could potentially be career damaging, where does the teacher stand should he/she wish to take further action against said pupil?

  2. chriszwinter1

    chriszwinter1 New commenter

    This is cyber bullying and the teacher should report the matter both within the school and to his/her union.
  3. FollyFairy

    FollyFairy Occasional commenter

    There have been lots of reports in the media of authorities taking similar FB comments very seriously, e.g http://local.stv.tv/edinburgh/295007-high-school-pupils-posted-racist-comments-about-their-teacher-on-facebook/

    I would definitely report it to HT and Union - ensuring both log it. Print out comments too so you have copies to give to HT. If this fails to nip such comments in the bud, talk to police.
  4. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    Yes. It could amount to harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act.
  5. shamsh

    shamsh Occasional commenter

    It always surprises me how many school staff don't have the highest security settings on their Facebook profiles, knowing how easily things can be taken out of context or written when overtired/drunk/ stressed/ highly medicated ( an excuse that I 've heard for some shocking things being posted!).

    Also I'd presume pictures of teachers drunk on Facebook are surprisingly quickly circulated.

    Best thing to do? Don't use Facebook, or at least have the common sense to be really careful who sees it and what is written....
  6. One school I worked in, the H/T made it a rule that staff could not use/be on FB. It did not matter to me but I often wondered how it impacted on other folk.
  7. scienceteacha

    scienceteacha New commenter

    Bit draconian! Why don't people use common sense and just ensure your privacy settings are set to 'Friends only!' As a jobseeker in teaching it annoys me greatly when you have these unprofessional teachers uploading drunken pictures for all the world to see yet I behave and cant get a job? GRRRRRR!

    PS:- I love the way this post has turned on its head from a students posting something to almost a tacit assumption that the teacher has done something wrong?!

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