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7/10/2018

IF YOU ARE ABUSIVE ABOUT TEACHERS ON FACEBOOK, YOUR CHILDREN COULD BE EXPELLED

IF YOU ARE ABUSIVE ABOUT TEACHERS ON FACEBOOK, YOUR CHILDREN COULD BE EXPELLED




School children could bear the brunt of their parent's social media tirades by being EXPELLED.

Aberdeen City Council has threatened criminal charges to be bought against parents or the expulsion of their children from school if they feel that they are not being responsible on Facebook .

The council's warning says: "Parents should be aware that making abusive or offensive comments can result in the imposition of civil and/or criminal sanctions and may also result in their child being excluded from school due to the actions of their parents."

This has sparked anger among social media users, with some calling the new policy "ridiculous".




Martin Macdonald, from Bucksburn, Aberedeen, said: "Children shouldn't be missing out because of their parents' actions."

Shop worker Christine Dines, who has school-aged children, said: "I think it's a bit extreme and the kids shouldn't be punished for this."

And father-of-two and minister Barry Douglas, of Bridge of Don, said: "I don't think the kids should be excluded for this.

"We live in a world of social media where things happen quickly, so it could be a heat of the moment thing of frustration where a parent has a rant.




"So we all have to learn to stop and think about these things."
The new policy has been put in place following a number of incidents where pupils and staff members were mentioned in public comments online.

Pupils could be excluded if a parent or pupil fails to comply with the rules of the school, or if the child's continued attendance would be "seriously detrimental to order and discipline".

The council's warning says: "There have been a number of incidents recently where parents have posted entries on Facebook regarding issues relating to pupils and/or staff. Parents are reminded that Facebook is a public forum and that posts made may reach a wider audience than intended.

"It is therefore not appropriate to be discussing issues on Facebook and any issues can be discussed and resolved by contacting the school directly."




The council's Liberal Democrat education spokesman Martin Greig said he believed the schools should be working on building trust with parents.

He said: "Parents have a right and a duty to express their views about their child's education.

"If there are any concerns or questions these need to be encouraged and taken seriously.

"The council should not try and stop parents from giving comments. Their attitude is setting up barriers instead of building up trust."

It's understood that posts have been uncovered involving adults ranting about educational facilities on parenting groups online.

A council spokesman told The Sun: “The council’s policy, which has been in place for a number of years, states that the inappropriate use of social media by either pupil or parent making derogatory comments in relation to a pupil, staff member or school is likely to lead to exclusion.

“We always encourage parents to use social media responsibly and we would only consider exclusion as a last resort.”




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