Activity 1: Online and On Guard: Is It Cyberbullying?
This workshop explores what it means to stay safe online. It focuses on cyberbullying and helping young people understand what it is, reflect on their experiences of it, and learn ways to prevent it or stop it.
Cyberbullying can happen in very small ways, such as consistently posting mean comments or messages, or very significant ways, such as spreading widely unkind or false information about someone.
This workshop focuses on helping kids understand what cyberbullying is, why it’s not okay, and how to stop it.
Do the Online and On Guard…Is It Cyberbullying? activity, which describes different scenarios. Your task is to sort them into four different categories of social interaction, including bullying.
Activity 2: ‘Let’s Fight it Together’
View the Let’s Fight It Together film which is based on a number of real-life situations.
If possible, discuss the following questions with your classmates in person or via videochat.
What could Joe have done differently to stop receiving instant
messages? He could have: not accepted an anonymous user onto his contact list; blocked the contact; deleted the contact; reported Anon 5446 to the service provider.What did Joe do to stop receiving unwanted messages on his instant messenger? He blocked the unknown contact.
Who helped or could have helped Joe? Himself, his mum, his teacher, his
friend Rob, anyone else that was aware of the bullying occurring.
What sort of information do people need to think very carefully about
before putting it online, sending it to others, or letting others know? Any information that gives away a person’s geographical location, like the school you go to, the places where you hang out. Other details that need to be kept private online include email addresses, online profiles, instant messenger IDs, full names, passwords and family and friends’ personal information. Also, photos provide important personal information, and should not be posted online without careful consideration. It is important to realise the extent of the audience on the internet. Also consider that online text and images can easily be copied, changed and used elsewhere. Once something has been put online, the owner loses control of it, and it could stay online for ever.
Why did Joe trust Kim to take his picture? Did he feel under pressure to be accepted back into the group? Was he a friend of Kim? Why did he choose those people to be his friends? Did he think that Kim was really behind the bullying?
Does this only happen to boys? Since Let’s Fight It Together is focused
on a teenage boy, some girls may be less sympathetic to the situation. It is
important to stress to all pupils that cyberbullying can affect all people and is not limited by physicality in the same ways that other forms of bullying are. It may also be worthwhile reminding audiences that cyberbullying is not limited to peer-to-peer situations, but can also involve adults. Some teachers have been the targets of cyberbullying which is totally unacceptable.
What have you learnt from this film? If the people involved had taken your internet safety advice (from earlier in the session), would this have
Task: Using the Storyboard tool create a simple comic strip of a cyberbullying scenario or develop a dramatic presentation of a scenario, export it to PDF and send to the coordinators using the form below.
Complete the following evaluation form
Do not to forget to write a newsletter commenting on your attendance in this virtual activity. When you are ready, hand it to the project coordinator at your school to be delivered to us.