More than 1300 teachers took part in the survey and many reported cases of homophobia, racism and sexism – with many attacks occurring on social media. In some cases, teachers have received threats of physical and sexual violence.
Cases of online abuse have risen by half in the last year – with almost 8 out 10 teachers experiencing abuse on Facebook and finding videos of themselves online. Despite this, effective responses from government, schools and police have remained low. A number of schools have started rolling out internet policies in order to protect their staff from online abuse.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT champions a “zero tolerance approach” towards online abuse. The NASUWT have their annual meeting this month.