Today, Sarah, who is in charge of the "guest English teachers" (a name I am still not fond of -- who's making down my bed and getting me a snack? -- last time I checked, I was an employee and not a guest) here in Incheon posted this link to her Facebook page. I'll put the full text below. Let me know in the comments if you see any problems with this.
For my part, I plan on taking it to my most trusted co-teachers tomorrow to have a conversation about what the Korean teachers, for their part, are told on the same subject and if they see any issues with it, as well.
Here's the text, in full, if you're too lazy to click the link:
Sexual Harassment - How to Prevent It:
Sexual Harassment has been a hot topic in the Korean media lately, especially related to the school environment. You'll be working around kids, and many of them are adorable. Many of them also love to run up to you and give you a giant hug and/or grab onto your legs while you try to walk away. Here are some tips to help keep you aware, and to prevent any awkward situations:
- Have your students call you Miss/Ms/Mr or teacher. Korean students feel more comfortable using honorifics.
- Don't be afraid to discipline. Many students see you as more of an entertainer than a teacher. Feel free to call the kids out if they are not keeping to the rules of the classroom, don't always rely on your co-teacher.
- Take command of your classroom when necessary, and make sure your co-teacher and you have as close to an equal presence in your classroom.
*As teachers, we are all responsible to report to the authorities when we witness sexual harassment or notice suspicious behavior. When you perceive sexual harassment, report it immediately to your co-teacher, vice-principal, and principal (while strictly adhering to confidentiality). The authorities will take the appropriate measures and medical/couseling assistance will provided to the victim.