The Czech education ministry has drawn up guidelines for teachers to halt the spread of cyber bullying in schools.
Some Czech children have attempted to blackmail teachers or classmates by posting video clips of them on the internet, a ministry spokesman said.
Tomas Bouska told BBC News that the guidelines offered schools more options than simply confiscating mobile phones or banning their use during classes.
A clip of a Czech teacher slapping a child has fuelled debate on the issue.
The clip, which appeared on the internet in June, showed a teacher telling a boy off for having a messy desk and then smacking him when he answered back, Radio Prague reported. The boy then stormed out of the classroom.
“There was a huge debate about it,” Mr Bouska said. “People asked: ‘If it is put online is that a crime? After all, it’s a crime to slap a child’.”
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