Schools must protect teachers from bullying on social media websites by children and parents, the Government has said.
One in three teachers has reported “derogatory comments” posted about them on social media websites by both parents and children.
Guidance published by the Department for Education says that schools should “make clear” that cyber-bullying of teachers is unacceptable.
It says schools should consider contacting the police if teachers are subjected to abuse that is threatening, sexist or sexual in nature, or may be considered a hate crime.
The guidance states: “Schools should also make clear that it is not acceptable for pupils, parents or colleagues to denigrate and bully school staff via social media in the same way that it is unacceptable to do so face to face.
“Schools should encourage all members of the school community including parents to use social media responsibly….