Hundreds of online bullies expelled from school

Posted: 17th October 2022

Hundreds of children were suspended or expelled from school for abuse on social media in just one year, figures have revealed. More than 30 pupils every school day were suspended between 2020 and 2021, including one Reception Year pupil, aged four or five. New Government statistics also show many offences involve bullying or abusing other pupils online, as well as posting insults against teachers. The Department for Education said in the school year ending 2021, which was disrupted by lockdowns, 36 pupils were expelled and 6,626 suspended for social media offences. Pupils in Year 9, aged 13 and 14, are most frequently in trouble for online activity, statistics show. However, 373 suspensions and two expulsions also occurred at primary schools. Christopher McGovern, of the Campaign for Real Education, said: “As a headteacher I banned phones in my school. Headteachers should have the guts to do the right thing.”

Source: More than 30 pupils a day suspended for cyber bullying in UK schools | UK | News |

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