I recently came across a Facebook page with the title, "I hate xx", with my name. The group was started by a girl who was annoyed I'd given her a detention and only a few pupils had joined. I'm not upset about it, but what should I do?
What you said
"Get it taken down by Facebook. Let your management team know. Say nothing to the kids. That should do it."
"The senior leadership team needs to get involved and the kids and their parents need to be spoken to by the head. Those setting it up should face a formal exclusion."
"Looks like a teen girl had a strop and then got over it. Only her friends joined in and probably only for a laugh. They have got over it and so should you."
A recent study in the South West found that 35 per cent of teachers or youth care professionals have been, or have a colleague who has been, subject to abuse on the internet; 72 per cent of these incidents involved abuse from children; 26 per cent involved parents; and 12 per cent involved fellow members of staff.
The key advice when it comes to cyberbullying of school staff is to keep the evidence and report what has happened to your line manager or a member of the senior leadership team. You can also report it to Facebook, which should take the page down if the content is illegal or breaks the site's terms of service. You could also seek advice from your union or the Teacher Support Network.
A major part of the work against cyberbullying is preventative and involves education and awareness, developing understanding of this issue and what can be done. Cyberbullying should be treated as a whole-school community issue because staff, school leaders, children, parents and carers need to be aware of what cyberbullying is, that it can be serious and has an impact, and what they can do when it does happen.
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