Teachers Warned Against Students Abusing on Facebook

There is increasing awareness of how social media such as Facebook are increasing coordinated rumour mongering and are leading to major public outcry on personal issues.

According to The Telegraph

Fresh guidance on cyber bullying has been issued to teachers across the country amid a rising number of complaints about intimidation of staff online

This was issued because students were targeting particular teachers and using social networks like Facebook to instigate personal attack on the teacher. According to the report in the Telegraph

Fuelled by technology and encouraged by anonymity, rumours and gossip easily grow into “petitions” and campaigns against certain education leaders, the National Association of Head teachers (NAHT) said.

Social media and its effects has been an important part of public discourse not just in the United Kingdom, but all over the world. The United States has also been increasingly scrutinizing social media, after reports of the increase in teenage suicide deaths in the end of the last year caused by not just bullying but its spill into the social media.

An important difference drawn out by experts, between bullying and opinions in the yesteryears and today, was that today a lot of it is not restricted to personal expression alone. Instead, these days it is also done on social media and is therefore more public and magnified.

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