Report: ‘Cyberbaiting’ on the Increase

A new trend of student-to-teacher bullying known as "cyberbaiting" is spreading across social networks, as one in five teachers claims to either know of another teacher, or has personally been effected by it, as indicated in the Norton Online Family Report.

The new global survey of more than 19,000 students, parents, and teachers in 24 countries has shed light on the phenomenon, where students taunt their teachers to the point of outburst, then capture the teachers' reactions via cell phone videos and post those videos online for all to see, as reported at eSchoolNews.

67 percent of all teachers surveyed worldwide say that they believe being friends with students on social networks unnecessarily puts them at risk, however over a third still continue to be "friends" with the students.

In the US, the number of teacher-student friendships on social networks is much lower at 15 percent, with 9 out of 10 teachers saying that they think these relationships outside of school are too risky.

"11 percent of teachers in the US say that they know of a fellow teacher who has experienced cyberbaiting."

51 percent of teachers surveyed in the US say that their school has a code of conduct for how teachers and students should communicate with each other through social media. This indicates that almost half of the teachers surveyed don't believe that they have adequate resources to refer to with regards to the issue.

In line with global opinion, just over 80 percent of US teachers think their school should be doing more to educate students about online safety, while two thirds of parents believe schools should do more to educate kids about online safety.

"Twenty-six percent of U.S. students think they receive too little online safety education at school."

Worryingly, the report also indicates a trend between the amount of time children spend online and the likelihood for them to encounter negative situations.

12 5, 2011
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