Grade. Lesson 6. Bullying Prevention: Cyber Bullying

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1 Bullying Prevention: Cyber Bullying

2 Handout 6A: Pros and Cons Name: Make a list of pros and cons of electronic socializing. Be very specific when you list your ideas. To get started, think of the following themes: fun, convenience, safety, privacy, friendships, and communication. Pros Cons 2008 Committee for Children Page 249

3 Handout 6B: Be Part of the Solution, Part 1 Avoiding Cyber Bullying Don t give out personal information. This includes your name, phone number, address, address, the name of your school, names of family members, pictures of yourself, and so on. Never tell anyone your passwords or personal identification numbers (PINs). Pause and think twice before you send messages. Think about how you can t get the message back once you ve sent it. Ask yourself these questions: Could the message make you vulnerable to bullying because it is very personal, potentially embarrassing, or revealing? Could the message get you in trouble if an adult saw it? How might other people feel when they read this message? Realize that anything you send out electronically could potentially be sent to everyone you know and many more people you don t know. Avoid saying anything in an electronic message that you wouldn t say to someone s face. Do not forward gossip or hurtful or threatening messages Committee for Children Page 251

4 Handout 6B: Be Part of the Solution, Part 2 Grade Responding to Cyber Bullying If it s happening to you: Document cyber bullying. Save any harassing, threatening, bullying, or sexually inappropriate messages and show them to an adult. Make sure the adult saves the messages. Report cyber bullying. Tell a trusted adult right away. Inform your Internet service provider or cellphone service provider of the problem, if necessary. Inform your school administration if you know that the problem involves schoolmates. Inform the police if the problem involves harassment, threats, or sexually inappropriate content. Do not write back aggressively to someone who is cyber bullying. Even if someone else started it, you could become part of the problem by responding in an aggressive way to cyber bullying messages. Check your computer/phone for the ability to block messages from the person doing the bullying. Never arrange to meet someone who is bullying online. Remember, do not blame yourself if you receive bullying or inappropriate messages! Other people s cruel or illegal behavior is not your fault. If you re a bystander: Offer support to someone who is being cyber bullied. Acknowledge that the bullying is unfair. Encourage the person being bullied to report it. Do not forward gossip or hurtful or threatening messages. Page 252 Second Step: Student Success Through Prevention 2008 Committee for Children

5 Handout 6C: Dealing with Cyber Bullying Instructions 1. Read the situation with your group members. 2. Write three suggestions for how your character can handle the situation. Use Handout 6B as a guide. 3. Write something that one of the characters could have done differently. Name of character: Suggestions for what your character can do: What could one of the characters in the scenario have done differently? 2008 Committee for Children Page 253

6 Cyber Bullying Situations Top 10 Web Site Tara could only invite eight friends to her birthday party. When two of her friends, Rachel and Lena, found out they weren t invited, they felt hurt and insulted. They decided to get back at Tara by setting up a Web site they called The Top 10 Reasons Tara is a B----. They sent an around to dozens of their classmates asking them to go to the Web site and add reasons to the list. Then Rachel and Lena sent Tara an telling her to look at the site. What could Tara do? Mean s Marcus has given his address out to Tim, a boy in his science class. Tim says he wants to send Marcus some links to funny Web sites. At first Tim just sends mass s with the funny Web site links. But after a few weeks he also starts sending mass s that say mean things about other kids at school. These are sent to several of Marcus s classmates. Marcus doesn t want to receive the s, but he is afraid to say anything to Tim because he might start sending out mean s about him. What could Marcus do? Mean Photo Terrence is hanging out at Ray s house with some other friends of Ray s. They are talking about Ray s ex-girlfriend, Kendra, who recently broke up with him and is now going out with another of Ray s friends. Ray is angry and upset with Kendra. He has an idea to take a photo of Kendra and change it in a way that would really embarrass her. He plans on sending this picture out to everyone he knows. Terrence knows this is a terrible idea. What could he do? Personal Information Daria is excited about instant messaging with Siri, an older girl from school she hopes to get to know better. At first, Siri is just making small talk, but soon she starts asking Daria some personal questions about her relationship with Alex. Daria wants Siri to like her, and she thinks telling Siri secrets will build a bond between them. So Daria tells Siri some very personal information about her relationship with Alex. The next day Daria finds out that her instant messages were saved and forwarded to all of Siri s friends. When she passes them in the hall, they laugh and call Daria names. What can Daria do? Cell Phone Threats Every day Eric is bullied by a boy named Jeremy. Jeremy is older and bigger than Eric and has an intimidating group of friends. Eric decides the only way to get back at Jeremy is anonymously, through cell phone text messages. Eric sends messages to Jeremy threatening to hurt him and his younger brother. Eric feels this is the only way he can tolerate the bullying that is happening to him. Jeremy is frightened by the text messages. He doesn t know who is sending them. What could Jeremy do? What could Eric do? 2008 Committee for Children Page 255

7 Homework: Top Five Name: You may already use technology at home to communicate with others. Or maybe an adult family member at home won t let you. In either case, come up with your top five things to be careful about while communicating using technology. Show your list to an adult family member. Is he or she convinced that you use or will use technology at home safely? 1. The Top Five things to be careful about when communicating using technology 2. Adult: Definitely something to be careful about! Undecided. Don t worry about this. 3. Adult: Definitely something to be careful about! Undecided. Don t worry about this. 4. Adult: Definitely something to be careful about! Undecided. Don t worry about this. 5. Adult: Definitely something to be careful about! Undecided. Don t worry about this. Adult: Definitely something to be careful about! Undecided. Don t worry about this. This homework assignment was completed on. (date) [adult] signature 2008 Committee for Children Page 257

8 Reflective Writing Assessment Name: Answer each question to explain what you learned. Then write a reflection to show how what you learned connects to your life. What I Learned List three types of cyber bullying: Connecting to My Life Now that I know more about cyber bullying, this is what I m going to do to be part of the solution: 2008 Committee for Children Page 259

9 Additional Practice: Responding to Cyber Bullying Teacher Instructions Have your students respond to one or both of the following questions about the way they talk to their friends online: 1. How is talking to friends online different from how you speak to them face-to-face or on the phone? Describe. 2. Have you ever had a misunderstanding with friend about an electronic message? Describe. ~ OR ~ Create a fake cyber-bullying message without using the names of students in your class/school. Then have your students: 1. Read the message. 2. Respond assertively to the sender of the message. Remind them to use respectful language Committee for Children Page 261

10 Academic Integration Activities Language Arts and Social Studies How would you symbolize cyber-bullying prevention? Have student groups create their own steps/advice and artwork for a cyber bullying prevention poster. Encourage them to come up with drawings that symbolize what the concepts in the lesson mean to them. After completing the poster, have each group write a brief description about what their drawings mean. Have each group present their posters to the class. Have the other groups try to interpret the meaning of the drawings. Display posters around the classroom or school with their descriptions attached. Health and Science Why do people act differently online than they do in person? Sometimes people will say things online that they would never dream of saying to someone face to face both good and bad things. Why is that? Psychologists call it the online disinhibition effect. 4 The online disinhibition effect can be caused by one or more of the following factors: You don t know me (anonymity) You can t see me (invisibility) See you later (asynchronicity not interacting in real time) It s all in my head (solipsistic introjection they begin to think their online companion is a creation of their own mind) It s just a game (dissociation it s not real) We re equals (neutralizing of status no fear of retribution by authority) Have your students work in groups to describe what they think each of the factors mean and how they may contribute to online disinhibition effect. Or you can assign each group one factor and have them report back and discuss with the class. Media Literacy What does the law say? Have student groups research cyber bullying and law online. Direct the groups to to find links to Web sites that provide appropriate information on cyber bullying. Have each group write up a list of the laws about cyber bullying. Then have groups discuss their lists with the other groups. As a class, consolidate the lists to create one list of all the cyber-bullying laws that they found Committee for Children Page 263

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