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A growing trend in trolling teachers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jsmoke, 12 Nov 2021.

  1. jsmoke


    Joined: 17 Jun 2012

    Posts: 10,896

    A growing trend I'm sure of trolling teachers on social media such as tiktok. Wondering if you see this as a big deal or just a small issue in the bigger scheme of things. Could this become a major problem resulting in less people applying for teaching careers resulting in either teacher shortages or lower quality teaching staff. I know back in my days nothing would be tolerated in regards to mocking or undermining teachers and most other authority figures for that matter. Maybe the teachers just have to man or woman up?

  2. BowdonUK


    Joined: 17 Jan 2016

    Posts: 6,148

    Schools need to ban smartphones. Put them in the locker on arrival and take them out before going home. Only in exceptional circumstances should someone be allowed to use a smartphone during school hours.

    It all started going down hill when schools allowed calculators in class *waves old man cane :D
  3. Em3bbs


    Joined: 26 Dec 2011

    Posts: 5,528

    Location: City of London

    Errr did you read the article or look at the picture of the TikTok video? I think the teacher would have noticed being filmed at that distance if it were in classroom learning. :cry:

    My son's secondary school don't let phones in lessons, that seems to be the norm.
  4. VincentHanna


    Joined: 30 Jul 2013

    Posts: 24,378

    I need to see the video to see what the issue is.

    As I'm reading it, a pupil uploaded a clip of the teachers remote learning video...why was it bad? Did they edit it to make it sound like he said stupid stuff?

    I'm so glad I went to school in a time without mobile phones though.
  5. Em3bbs


    Joined: 26 Dec 2011

    Posts: 5,528

    Location: City of London

    Yeah, the scale of bulling potential with sites like TikTok around is a real worry as a parent. Even the (unofficial) class/year WhatsApp groups pose a risk, and it's one of those things that if you aren't a member of then you'll be an outcast.
  6. Dis86


    Joined: 23 Dec 2011

    Posts: 28,576

    Location: Northern England

    Thing is, teachers are easy prey - can't do anything to fight back.
  7. john_smith


    Joined: 19 Oct 2010

    Posts: 377

    Happened in my kids school this week. Some kids had trawled through all teachers social media, collected photos etc. Created an "official" school tiktok account and then posted loads of mems featuring the teachers.
  8. VincentHanna


    Joined: 30 Jul 2013

    Posts: 24,378

    To be fair, if a teacher has a Facebook page that doesn't require being a friend to view their profile/photo, they are asking for trouble.
  9. GreatAuk


    Joined: 3 Apr 2009

    Posts: 2,737

    Location: Warrington

    Not watched any of the videos myself but imagine it's probably just the same energy which used to lead kids to make fun of teachers with their friends, but taken to social media. Teachers have always been made fun of, but when it's on social media its just more visible and I guess more risk of the teacher seeing it.

    I admire anyone that can stick being a teacher these days. Huge workload (for those that actually try to do the job properly that is), mediocre pay, very stressful, have to deal with parents and kids with zero respect for them, and very limited in action that can be taken against disruptive and abusive kids. Then there's always the sword of damacles hanging over them that if they upset the wrong kid then they'll end up being hounded out of the school on trumped up charges of child abuse which take 6 months to disprove, after which time they're a nervous wreck and never really able to go back to 'normal'.
  10. jpaul


    Joined: 1 Mar 2010

    Posts: 16,064

    they banned phones in french schools something like 3 years ago -

    equally thought usoft had some shares in tiktok, so have some responsibility to make sure video tagging and take down mechanisms are effective,
    already concerns about grooming in tiktok so let's make an example of it, it's not as though its contributing to UK economy anyway
    some brownie points up for taking by either Boris or Keir - MI5 cyber defence team.
  11. Malevolence


    Joined: 21 Oct 2011

    Posts: 18,090

    Location: .... . .-. .

    That isn't 'trolling', that's just kids being dicks.
  12. randomshenans


    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 13,006

    Location: France, Alsace

    Agreed, but at the same time, so what? Kids are ass holes. I'm not condoning it as I think kids are total ***** bags but our teachers had so much worse I'm sure and they just ignored it. Move on. ignore it. No one cares etc. only way to avoid it is not rise to it, not cry about it.
  13. Yaayuh!


    Joined: 5 Nov 2010

    Posts: 22,018

    Isn’t that mainly what trolling is?
  14. Semple


    Joined: 5 Mar 2010

    Posts: 9,472

    This is exactly what I was thinking.

    The article fails to mention how/why the video is abusive. Only that someone had uploaded it. You can't give readers half the story and expect them to have an opinion on the matter.
  15. Hotwired


    Joined: 17 Aug 2009

    Posts: 9,072

    Being a dick to teachers has happened since the dawn of time.

    The old fashioned approach was to beat the offending pupil to make yourself feel better and maybe give them a bit of trauma to grow up with.
  16. norm


    Joined: 21 Jan 2003

    Posts: 5,349

    Tiktok is utter garbage anyway. It's literally a cesspit of vacuous nonsense proliferated by the "yoof" of today.
  17. adam cool dude


    Joined: 22 Oct 2002

    Posts: 21,669

    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    Just had a letter about this from my daughter's school.

    We try and limit our daughters time on her phone as she will just sit in her bedroom otherwise. At least when I was her age I was being constructive and playing Goldeneye.

    Some of the stuff she does is proper cringe worthy but I guess I am getting to that point now where I am officially an old grumpy bugger.

    We used to be proper bad with our French teacher. People used to throw stuff at her all the time. They got away with it because she had no control.
  18. [email protected]


    Joined: 30 Nov 2005

    Posts: 12,201

    The phrase is man up! Not woman up,, lol. It's just a saying it doesn't have to be gender balanced or whatever absurd turn of phrase is used.
  19. Diagro


    Joined: 3 Jun 2012

    Posts: 9,907

    Man up?

    Teachers are seriously limited on what they can do to tackle bad behaviour.

    Hence why most leave the profession within 5 years.

    I left after exactly 5 years.
  20. [email protected]


    Joined: 30 Nov 2005

    Posts: 12,201

    Don't look at social media, teachers should be mature enough to have stopped looking at that tripe and certainly have stopped caring what the children think of them it's not a popularity contest, it's a job.