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 Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Once again parents in the UK are being warned by teachers about the possible dangers to children by Internet and mobile phone misuse.

A survey of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers' members reports that more than half are aware of pupils being "cyber bullied" and 16% have been victims themselves.

Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers calls for more serious consequences and policies which might deter such behaviours. She then went on to suggest that as most cyber bullying takes place outside school hours, it might be difficult for teaching staff to take action.

What about the parental role? With parents complaining that their young children are watching pornography in the school playground on their mobile phones, it seems that the call to engage parent-teacher dialogue is not before time.

Unfortnately the situation is more complex, as Dr Bousted  points out the difficulty in  punishing children for such behaviours without the complete support of the parents, adding, "...it's not just students who can behave inappropriately through the Internet, it's parents as well".

Read full article at BBC website.