Teachers are facing death threats, abuse and allegations of serious crimes by pupils and parents through social networking sites, a survey by the NASUWT suggests.
Online abuse of teachers is widespread, with more than two-fifths (42%) of those questioned saying they had been a victim of it, of those:
- 61.2% said a pupil had written an insulting comment about them on a social networking or internet site
- 38.1% said a student had made comments about their competence or performance as a teacher
- 9.1% said they had faced allegations that they behaved inappropriately with pupils
Two of the UK's biggest teaching unions have voted for further industrial action, including strikes, over pensions, pay and job losses.
The two main teaching unions are considering more strike action as they hold their conferences this weekend.