During the next two days, you will be watching a movie title, “Cyberbullying.”
It is often hard to decide what to do in cyberbullying situations, but there are some situations when students must report cyberbullying. It is important to tell a trusted adult (someone who will listen and who they believe will have the skills, desire, and authority to help them) immediately if any of the following situations arise:
* You are being bombarded by messages repeatedly.
* Many kids get involved, making you feel as if you cannot get away.
* Any physical threats are made.
* People engage in hate speech (a verbal attack targeting someone because of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation).
Answer the following questions while watching the video:
1. What online rules do you make for yourself? These are not the rules that your parents/families have in place. If you don’t make rules for yourself, what kind of rules would you like to start?
2. Why do you think people tend to share very private details about their life online? What information should stay private?
3. Do you feel there is pressure to be someone you are not when on a social networking site? Have you ever enhanced your profile (through Photoshop) or lied about something you did just to appear different?
4. Online you can have a zillion “friends,”
but what qualities do you look for in your offline friendships? What qualities matter most to you?
5. How many times have you started a fight, issued an apology, broken up with someone, or asked someone out online? Why is it SO much easier to do these things online than off? Have you ever been the victim of cyberbullying?
6. Digital drama can happen because we sometimes thrive on the gossip. It doesn’t feel real because you usually never see the person you’re talking about face-to-face. Was there ever a time that a rumor has hurt you? What did you do about it?
Terms to know:
* Harassing: Bombarding someone with messages over digital media. Repeated contact when it is least expected
* Deceiving: Using fake names, posing as someone else, or creating a fake profile about someone else
* Flaming: Saying mean things, usually in ALL CAPS, and often in a public forum with the intention to humiliate
* Hate Speech: A verbal attack targeting someone because of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation