Cyberbullying : What Teachers Can Do ? | UPSC

Cyberbullying : What Teachers Can Do ? UPSC

Cyberbullying : What Teachers Can Do ?

      HEADLINES:

Cyberbullying : What Teachers Can Do ? Straight answer would be : Act quickly and appropriately 

      WHY IN NEWS:

Online classrooms have exposed teachers to cyberbullying from their students. How can schools deal with this problem?

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Education

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS this article is a ray of hope for teachers who find it difficult to adopt with online learning initiatives . So nothing much here for Prelims .

For MAINS you should be able to grasp pros and cons of cyberbullying . This is a guide to teachers /Mentors/Youtubers against cyberbullying . Let us dive in !

      ISSUE: 

Bullying in schools is bad enough but, with the advent of social media, it has taken on another brutal avatar: cyberbullying.

CYBERBULLYING

Even teachers are being victimised by their students . Sadly, the toxicity doesn’t seem to end.

Many teachers say that online classes have ruined classroom decorum.

NEW CHALLENGES FOR TEACHING FRATERNITY

Students, they claim, often take on fake IDs to make inappropriate remarks during class.

  • There are reports of students sleeping in class.
  • Giving themselves celebrity names
  • Morphing teachers’ pictures to troll them.
  • Switching off their cameras.
  • Changing their account name to hurl abuses .
  • Send inappropriate memes to teachers.

But e-learning is here to stay and cyberbullying is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed.

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS

MASTER VIRTUAL CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Students are able to take control of the online classroom because they are tech-savvy.

  • Teachers have to equip themselves with the skills required for the respective learning platform and know its nuances.
  • There might be a bit of difficulty in the beginning, but one can ace it with a bit of exploring and practice.

EXAMPLE
If you are using Google Meet, learn how to mute and unmute participants, to share documents, to stop annotations, and so on. 

  • You can also check the disabling options and disable whatever is necessary.
  • The common complaint of students changing their names while in class can be easily resolved by this.

Don’t hesitate to ask your colleagues, friends, or family for help.

MAINTAINING DECORUM

The role of managing mischief cannot be single-handedly managed by a teacher.

  • The school must step in and assign a co-teacher to watch the students.
  • In case such extended support is lacking, schools can always resort to stringent rules.
  • As there is a complete shift to virtual classrooms, there also needs to be a revised framework of behaviour and discipline guidelines.
  • Syllabus should be shared with both students and their parents.
  • Outline what is acceptable and unacceptable and the consequences for the latter.
  • Make both parties acknowledge the guidelines;

This will make students adhere to the rules and parents accept the consequences.
 

  • Most importantly, follow through with the consequences so that students take the protocols, and the teachers, seriously.
  • Revisit the guidelines every 2-3 months to check if any changes are needed as virtual learning is still evolving.

STAY CONNECTED WITH STUDENTS

Take immediate action in case of unruliness.

  • Use private chat to communicate with students instead of public shaming.
  • Whatever the nature of the offence, be positive and respectful.
  • Quick action will show students that the teacher is in control.
  • If necessary, include both parents and school authorities in a meeting with the students.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

Being bullied by one’s students can make educators re-think their decision to become a teacher.

  • E-learning is helping teachers break new ground.
  • Don’t lose heart when your students exhibit challenging behaviours.
  • Instead, try to understand the reasons and take quick and appropriate action.
     SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | Cyberbullying : What Teachers Can Do ? | UPSC

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