Cyber-Harassment of teachers
Second ETUCE project on violence at school
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Cyber-harassment can be understood as the use of information and communication technologies such as email, chat room, discussion group, instant messaging, mobile phones or short message services for repeatedly deliberate and hostile behaviour by an individual or a group with the intention to harm others. It ranges from continuous e-mail-sending to someone who has said they do not want any further contact with the sender to threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels, ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, posting false statements, and passing on pictures or films via mobile phones. Cyber-harassment is also known as cyber-bullying or cyber-stalking. Typical tactics used by cyber-stalkers are e.g. vandalising a search engine or encyclopedia to threaten a victim’s earnings, employment, reputation or safety and takes place in the workplace or on company/ school web sites, blogs or reviews. The motives range from emotional reasons to personal dislike and conflict of interests at work often due to direct economic motivation. Other motives can be prejudices on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion and belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and body image.

Cyber-harassment at schools has been identified by ETUCE as an issue that requires a new specific approach and the project seeks to tackle this.

ETUCE is developing an Action Plan on Violence and Harassment in Schools which will include the issue of cyber-harassment. Their activities are founded on the creation of schools as safe places for teaching and learning and including pupils in the prevention of cyber-harassment. The development of the action plan is being carried out in the context of the European Social Partners' Framework Agreement on Harassment and Violence at Work.

On the website, all information on the second ETUCE project on violence at school can be found: project description, information on the first and second survey, the seminar and the closing conference as well as information on the action plan following the project:
http://teachersosh.homestead.com/Cyber_Harassment/project.html