Carole Theriault writes:
The UK teachers’ union, NASUWT, calls government plans to allow teachers to search and even delete content on student mobile phones “reckless”, according to the BBC.
The education bill introduces the following measures in order to help combat cyber-bullying:
(6E) The person [eg, a teacher] who seized the item [eg, ‘an electronic device’ belonging to a pupil] may examine any data or files on the device, if the person thinks there is a good reason to do so.
(6F) Following an examination under subsection (6E), if the person has decided to return the item to its owner, retain it or dispose of it, the person may erase any data or files from the device if the person thinks there is a good reason to do so.
Teachers claim that putting these measures into action will cause friction between teachers, pupils and parents.
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