Pupils tracking teachers
Teachers are advised to block their social media accounts with the highest privacy settings to prevent students tracking them to an extent that becomes unwelcome. Teachers’ dating profiles and social media profiles are being spied on by students, warns the Children’s e-Safety Commission in a recent media article. The commission’s chief cyber trainer, Greg Gebhart, told The Weekend Australian (July 18-19) that an 11-year-old student had told him that he used a dating website to look at photos of teachers at his school, by searching for ages and suburbs, saying: “You should see what they put on their profiles.” He pointed out that children focused on their teachers and bonded with them, seeing them for a large part of their day and said children were canny enough to track teachers through their partners’ social media. Reporter Natasha Bita was told most students tracked teachers online out of curiosity. “They’re seen as almost untouchable and have such a position of authority, so when a child can find an insight into their personal lives, then it’s quite exciting,” said QUT lecturer Dr Rebecca Spooner-Lane, a lecturer in educational psychology and educational counselling.