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Teachers Banned For Misusing Social Media

Detentions All Around

This year, the amount of teachers who have been banned over misusing social media has doubled. As knowledgeable as your teachers may be in their fields, it appears that many of them don’t quite grasp the implications of social media and what is acceptable and what’s not.

The National College of Teaching and Leadership released figures showing that out of 100 disciplinary hearings, 17 stemmed from complaints due to social media usage. 16 of those offenses resulted in the individual being banned from teaching. Academies Week also released figures showing that a third of social media contact initially stemmed from a relationship between teacher and student. In some cases sexual, the majority of these complaints involved male teachers.

Not all cases involved contact with students. A teacher from Plymouth found himself in hot water after going on numerous Twitter rants in which he referred to Scottish people, Catholics, Muslims and immigrants in very offensive ways.  Ouch. Throw in a few insensitive tweets about race and this teacher takes the cake. At the time, the teacher, Roland Northcott was a Ukip candidate. Oh my, what a surprise. But he has since resigned – I’m sure there was someone quieter to take his place.

Social media and teachers do need to be closely governed. Especially for the safety of children. Yes, I said it. Someone please think of the children.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “Teachers are in a privileged position and we insist on the highest professional standards from them at all times. In our updated guidance on cyberbullying, we make clear that teachers should not accept friend requests from pupils and urge schools to put policies in place that set out acceptable behaviour for pupils and teachers, including outside school.”

Researchers from the University of Leicester found out that 30% of teachers actively avoid social media and I do think that’s quite wise. I don’t think they’re missing out on much by not befriending students past and present. I still find it a bit strange that people are friends with their teachers. Any friend requests I sent to teachers would probably have to involve an apology first off.:

I’m sorry for painting the floor of your classroom in year seven. 
But I don’t think I deserved to be locked in there over lunch break.
I’m also sorry for calling you all those rude names – Blame my dad, he taught them to me.

Maybe I did deserve that detention after all.

Tom has just graduated from University of East London in Creative and Professional Writing. He loves writing and is currently interning as content writer hoping to go further. His other loves include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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