UK Teacher Shows Student's Swimsuit Photo From Facebook To Class Assembly To Teach Her A Lesson
from the shame-the-shamers dept
I would imagine that if a teacher wanted to convince children that the internet — which is not especially dangerous for kids — actually is especially dangerous for kids, there must be a myriad of ways to go about it. One could, for instance, simply assign a Law & Order SVU marathon for homework. What the teacher probably shouldn’t do is call a class assembly on the subject and then blast a bikini picture from one of the attending students’ Facebook accounts to everyone attending.
A 15-year-old says she was humiliated by a teacher who showed an enlarged picture of her in a bikini to more than 100 other students during a school assembly. Children at Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth, Devon, were shown the photograph taken from her Facebook profile to illustrate the pitfalls of posting private images online. Unknown to the schoolgirl, who has not been named, staff had taken her swimwear photo off the internet. It was blown up and added to a portfolio of other pictures then shown during a packed school assembly.
What’s crazy is that this isn’t the first time this exact sort of thing has occurred. We had an almost identical story in the States roughly a year ago. There is simply so much lunacy in this to unpack, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Let’s begin with the entire premise that a fifteen-year-old girl wearing a bikini is an appropriate target for slut-shaming. I wasn’t aware that a fifteen-year-old girl was supposed to be so ashamed of her own body that she should not be pictured wearing what all kinds of fifteen-year-olds wear at public beaches all over the place. What the hell?
Add to that the trauma she must have experienced having this photo sprung on her in an assembly of her peers and used in a way to suggest she should be ashamed. It seems like the chief lesson about online safety being taught is to be exceptionally careful of the teachers at their school. A useful conversation could have been had with the students about how to use Facebook’s privacy features to keep certain images from being publicly viewed and so forth, but instead the entire focus is on one girl wearing a swimsuit. Anyone actually think that the discussion the kids were having coming out of that assembly was actually focused on their own safety?
And the response on behalf of the school, while apologetic to the mother of the young girl, is hysterical.
A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said on behalf of the school, whose motto is ‘Learning, caring, achieving’: ‘We cannot comment on the incident itself. ‘The advice given to children and parents is that it is very difficult to ensure any picture is completely private and it is important to positively manage their online identity and profile and think carefully before sharing personal content.’
It sure didn’t seem like a whole lot of thought went into sharing the young girl’s personal content, so maybe it’s time to review your own lessons?