Research by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has discovered that one-fifth of teachers have suffered online abuse from students or parents.
Worryingly, the NASUWT found that when teachers report abuse to school management, often no action is taken against the students or parents involved.
Online attacks can be traumatic for teachers, so it is important that schools develop policies to help prevent abuse, and outline the sanctions that can be taken against parents and students. Schools should also be proactive in supporting staff to remove offensive online material and to report abuse to the police.
This article has more information on how schools can combat cyber bullying.