According to the Teachers' Union NASUWT, social networking websites are increasingly being used to threaten teachers. Furthermore, pupils as well as their parents have carried out such on-line abuse. According to the research, teachers have even faced death threats from pupils commenting on websites. Facebook was identified as the social networking website most used by pupils to comment about staff. This news story highlights again the need for colleges and universities to take their safeguarding responsibilities seriously with regard to appropriate use of their own computing facilities. It also reinforces the important role that their e-safety policies and practice play with regard to promotion and education of their students on responsible use of social networking sites whilst at college. More details on this story are available from the BBC website.
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