Professionals, such as teachers, are often at the frontline and are increasingly the target of online harassment and victimisation often with catastrophic consequences on their professional integrity and livelihood. New research conducted in the UK by University of Plymouth and SWGfL concluded that 35% have witnessed abuse of professionals online with 72% coming from children and even 12% from their colleagues. The workshop will hear from the professor who undertook the study as well as a School Principals perspective and the impact of this on youth and professionals.
Are schools taking the steps to protect their staff from this victimisation? New global data (UK, USA, Aus, HK & Singapore) will illustrate for the first time, what schools strengths and weaknesses actually are when it comes to Internet safety - how well they are set up to use ICT to teach as well as protect their workforce.
This issue is clearly an international one and using global evidence and research, the workshop will discuss and debate the issues and impact on professionals, especially those working with children. The workshop will also draw on case examples from the new UK Safer Internet Centre's pilot helpline co funded by the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme.
Strategies will be illustrated that combat the issue on national and local levels.