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Post by eddie on Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 0:13

Head teachers in England are more likely to face problems with pupils bullying online and misusing social media than in any other developed country, an international study says.

A report from the OECD think tank reported the experiences of more than 250,000 teachers in 48 industrialised countries and regions.

It showed particular problems with cyber-bullying in England's schools.

"It's the dark side of the modern age," said the OECD's Andreas Schleicher.

The OECD's education director called for more regulation of social media, rather than leaving individual heads to try to cope.

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The study, from the economics think tank the Teaching and Learning International Survey, looked at the working lives of teachers around the world, with England participating but not Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The survey, carried out every five years, indicated an increase in bullying in England's schools - driven by online bullying and harassment and problems caused by social media.

Of the heads in England surveyed:

14% faced problems each week caused by "hurtful" material posted about pupils, compared with an international average of 2%, with the United States having the next highest proportion - 10%
27% faced problems each week caused by pupils receiving "unwanted contact" online - in the form of cyber-bullying, compared with an international average of 3%, with Australia having the next highest proportion - 16%

"It's clearly about social media," said Mr Schleicher.

The survey also indicated that England faced a significant problem with a shortage of teachers.
Head teachers in England were much more likely to report their biggest problem was a lack of qualified teachers.

Mr Schleicher said this was "way above" what was typical of other developed countries - and that England was "pretty much on its own" with the scale of worries about a lack of teachers.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: "We know that too many teachers are having to work too many hours each week on unnecessary tasks, which is why I have taken on a battle to reduce teachers' workload so that they can focus on spending their time in the classroom doing what they do best - teaching."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48692953

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Post by Ben Reilly on Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 0:44

Social media causes so many problems, I have to wonder whether it's worth what few meager benefits we seem to get from it.

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Post by eddie on Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 1:20

Ben Reilly wrote:Social media causes so many problems, I have to wonder whether it's worth what few meager benefits we seem to get from it.

If children were not bullied via social media they would be bullied somewhere else.
Surely we should be spending our time teaching our children to ignore bullies and stupid words from people we don’t know or care about? Why can’t we teach them to have thicker skins?
So we ban social media because of bullying, what then...ban social interaction at schools when there’s no teacher around in case someone says something “horrible”?

People need to learn to stop being pansies. You can only be bullied on social media by WORDS. Just click off. Ignore them. Or tell them to fuck off.

We can’t keep banning people talking because others get upset.

Am I missing something here?

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Post by 'Wolfie on Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 3:36

sunny

Maybe it's that luvly British weather...

Combined with some miserable little grots spending too much time inside, without anything else to occupy that spare time..

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Post by eddie on Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 3:41

'Wolfie wrote:sunny

Maybe it's that luvly British weather...

Combined with some miserable little grots spending too much time inside, without anything else to occupy that spare time..

Is that an British thing, or a generation thing, or creeping-up-upon us thing...worldwide?

Not sure what the weather has to do with it. Care to expand?

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Post by 'Wolfie on Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 6:39

eddie wrote:
'Wolfie wrote:sunny

Maybe it's that luvly British weather...

Combined with some miserable little grots spending too much time inside, without anything else to occupy that spare time..

Is that an British thing, or a generation thing, or creeping-up-upon us thing...worldwide?

Not sure what the weather has to do with it. Care to expand?

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Definitely both a 'generational' and a global problem...

However, while the impacts and methods are likely just as bad in Australia, the Americas, Japan and S.E. Asia, and western Europe,  this one survey does form the conclusion that it is more prevalent in Britain..

If it's not that fine British weather that is keeping that minority of miserable little bullying grots glued to their screens in greater numbers, than what else might it be  ?

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Post by Original Quill on Sun 25 Aug 2019 - 16:29

Cyber-bullying is cerebral bullying. Of course, because it can only be done with words.

The British are good at cyber-bullying because they are good at words. If you work out in the gym everyday and build a strong, healthy body...should you be ashamed? Of course not! The issue is what you apply it to.

It's like...the force is good, but it has a dark side. Going that way doesn't mean the force is bad; it only means that you have chosen the wrong path.

It's not a British thing just because they can be effective at it. Most Brits don't go down the path of bullying.

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