Cyber-bullying tops social media fear

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Cyber-bullying and inappropriate behaviour loom largest of IT professionals’ fears about social media use in educational organisations.

The research from Bloxx, the web content filtering service, found that 71 percent of IT departments in institutions viewed each category as a concern.

66 percent viewed productivity as a concern, with viewing inappropriate content coming in at fourth place with 56 percent.

While 34 percent of schools block social media completely, 26% give access to both staff and students.

Charles Sweeney, CEO, Bloxx commented: "Social media is both powerful and purposeful tool for education, yet all too often it is misused causing debate and concern. The challenge is how we can unlock its power in order to create better learning environments for students without compromising their online safety.

"If children are to become safe and responsible users of technology, education organisations need to be vigilant. In no other environment is the industry mantra of people, process and technology so key to protecting all users of all ages."

The survey compiled responses from 172 IT executives between November 2014 and January 2015.

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