A UK teachers union now fears social media abuse by pupils is happening on a weekly basis. The material posted on TikTok was described as “disgraceful abuse”. Uploaded material included false allegations of paedophilia and homophobic slurs.
The general secretary at the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association Seamus Searson feared children with technological know-how are now able to create mash ups of teachers and post them on multiple platforms.
Mr Searson said: “The children are obviously taking photographs and they can take photographs in what might appear compromising situations.
“They also can then record teachers, and mix and match the voices, and can put those voices to pictures or videos.
“Then they can Photoshop the pictures as well, put someone’s head on another’s body.
“Then, when you post it, it goes on to so many different platforms now.
“They could set up on some of the dating websites as well, putting teachers’ pictures in.
“I’ve heard of examples of this.
“If you think about it, setting up somebody’s profile, it’s so easy to do, isn’t it?
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In West Dunbartonshire in Scotland pupils have been using TikTok to create concerning material, leading one school to threaten to call in police.
A TikTok spokeswoman said: “We’ve already deployed additional technical measures and guidance.
“We continue to proactively detect and remove violative content and accounts.
“While anyone can report inappropriate content in-app, we also partner with the Professional Online Safety Helpline to provide teachers with an additional way to report content.”
A Government spokeswoman said: “Children learn about the safe and responsible use of technologies, including social media, as part of their general education under Curriculum for Excellence.”