Twitter Bullying: Further Reflections

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It has been little over a week since we posted this blog on the subject of bullying on social media in the world of EduTwitter. https://healthyteachertoolkit.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/how-does-the-use-of-social-media-impact-on-wellbeing/

Thank you to everyone who responded so positively to the blog by liking, retweeting, and commenting through your tweets about how important that this was said and how much food for thought this provided.

It would appear though that the individuals who really needed to be reading and acting upon the advice have failed to take heed of what was written. In the last eight days we have witnessed an inflammatory tweet aimed at one phase from another with a random and entirely unjustified comment. This is little short of mischief-making and it resulted in a stream of outrage from the offended phase.

We have witnessed an angry exchange of words about the use of Minecraft to support coding in the computing curriculum. It works for some schools and does so very effectively, appealing to an aspect of popular culture as a learning hook; how dare you criticise those who use it because it doesn’t fit your Utopian model of learning.

There have been fearsome words about behaviour and inclusion, again stemming from one tweet by a familiar antagonist. Yet again a particular school, which has more than its fair share of attention in social and printed media while the rest of us get on with the business of teaching and learning without a fuss, has again been at the centre of a tweet storm of contradictory opinions as to its values, merits or otherwise.

Most worrying of all was a blog naming and shaming one tweeter followed by an exchange of the most unprofessional, scathing and unapologetic nature. If this was conducted in a staffroom somebody would be looking at the sharp end of a disciplinary and possibly on the look out for another job, if not career.

Twitter reactions from the more level headed people have revealed their shock and horror at such comments and the intimiatory and arrogant nature of those trying to dominate the discourse.

We need not repeat the message of our previous blog: it is rather obvious. We would urge the majority who don’t indulge in petty mind games, self-promotion or egomania to share the message below.

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