Teacher Exposes Facebook Dangers By Being A Creepy Troll And Showing Student’s Bikini Pic At Assembly
Teachers at an English school gave an assembly on the dangers of social media, which I’m sure everyone would agree is a great idea. What is not a great idea, is taking a picture of a 15-year-old student in a bikini from her private Facebook page and posting it as an example of the dangers of social media and sharing in front of all of her peers. What were these teachers thinking?
The student was left “humiliated and in tears” when a blown up image of herself in a bikini was shown to over 100 other students. That’s basically a teenager’s worst nightmare — so good job, faculty idiots. Mom told The Mirror:
“She’s really upset and hurt and this has knocked her confidence. She’s not the type of girl who likes attention like this.
“She’s a tom-boy, she doesn’t wear make-up and she doesn’t even have her ears pierced. It’s not often you even get her in a bikini.
“I’ve now written to the school, Ofsted and the governors about it. The headteacher has since phoned me and couldn’t me more apologetic. I don’t think she was aware it was going to happen.”
Facebook is invasive and anyone who uses it should have a grasp of the privacy settings, especially on their photos. Parents should be really diligent with their teens when teaching them how permanent and damaging information set loose on the internet can be. I think it’s great for teachers to get in on this education as well, but not when it involves shaming a student in front of all of her friends. The teacher who did this basically became a creepy internet troll for the purpose of teaching these students a lesson. By attempting to guard against any number of worst case scenarios, the teacher actually produced one. I’m baffled by this behavior.
The teacher was apparently very apologetic for her actions and just didn’t grasp the repercussions of her behavior. So I guess she got a lesson in the dangers of social media, too. It takes two. Don’t be creepy jerk when handling someone else’s image that you found on the internet. Just because you were able to drag it on to your desktop doesn’t mean it belongs to you.
This happened at an arts school in Plymouth. The school’s motto is “Learning, caring, achieving.”
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