Research conducted by Nominet reveals that teachers in UK secondary schools spend the equivalent of 11 days’ teaching time per year dealing with classroom disruptions caused by social media, reports Education Technology.

In addition to interrupting teaching time, teachers also noted that negative outcomes were seen from students using social media, such as a knock in pupil confidence, cyberbullying, achieving lower grades and a long term impact on students’ mental health.

Although the majority of schools have social media policies in place, teachers highlighted that they are difficult to enforce. In addition to these policies, some teachers involved in the research suggested other methods to help mitigate these issues, such as a completely banning smartphones from classrooms and asking parents to play a role in explaining the risks of social media.

To help combat students using social media inappropriately on school devices, some schools use standalone safeguarding solutions to cover the basics such as internet filtering and keyword monitoring. However, when schools opt for a solution offering a joined up approach such as NetSupport DNA, they can apply age-specific web controls and monitor students’ online activities – even those that are not just browser-based, seeing, for example, what time the student logged in, on which PC or device, what websites or applications they used, and what keywords were typed, copied or pasted. To find out more click here.

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