Cyberbaiting teachers is on the rise

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.

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  1. Yet another reason to ban cell phones in schools. I can remember when smoking was permitted in college classrooms, and on-campus at high schools. There was much wailing and moaning when rules went into effect banning that, but we seem to have survived.

  2. Yet another reason why kids should have cell phones in school. If my child has a teacher than can be baited into a tantrum, much less a physical attack, I want to know about it. And I want my kid out of that teacher’s class.

    A kid a my children’s junior high snapped a picture of a teacher sleeping in class. I don’t see why the parents shouldn’t have that info as well.

  3. Could this be any more idiotic a non-issue? If a teacher beat down her student, she’d be fired. What the heck do smart phones have to do with it?

  4. As one prone to rant – though in ways that tend to appeal rather than alienate students – I’ve occasionally wondered if I might end up being recorded. Yet, I think it’s always been that my students respect me far too much to do that.

  5. Thanks for linking to my article, Joanne.

  6. It’s just not worth it to be a teacher anymore… Why work in a place where everyone you try to work with – students, parents, administrators – are out to get you? Teach long enough, and it will ruin your life…