Cyberbaiting teachers — provoking a rant that can be recorded on a cell phone, then posted on YouTube — is on the rise, reports Yahoo. Students have posted dozens of videos of teachers “flipping out” as students jeer: “A music teacher smashes a violin; another spits on a student in full classroom meltdown.”
Recently the cyber security company Norton reported that 21 percent of teachers worldwide either experienced cyberbaiting themselves or knew a colleague who was cyberbaited. Many lose their jobs after their outbursts, even though students were the provocateurs.
All teachers need to remember that “the eyes of the world are watching every second,” warns Lynne Diligent, who teaches at an elite school in a Middle Eastern country where adolescents think it’s “cool” to mock teachers.