Social Media: CYBER BULLYING

Lesson By: Ms. V

The use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person.

This includes: online threats, mean, aggressive or rude texts, tweets, posts, messages, pictures, and videos that are meant to hurt or embarrass someone else.  

WHY DO PEOPLE CYBER BULLY?

Cyberbullying happens for many of the same reasons as any other type of bullying. HOWEVER, it may be even more appealing because it can be done anonymously.

There are two kinds of people who are likely to bully: those who are popular and those who are on the social fringes.

Popular kids or teens may bully because:

  • They see it as a way to stay popular.
  • Hurting others makes them feel powerful.

Kids or teens who are less socially successful may bully because:

  • It helps them cope with their own low self-esteem.
  • They think it will help them fit in with their peers.
  • They have trouble empathizing with those they hurt.

In pairs, using the iPads, I want you to find a news article about cyber bullying. (5-10 mins)

Pairs will have a chance to share their article.

GRAFFITI ACTIVITY

Each table group will be given a piece of chart paper. I will ask the first question and each group will discuss and write down their response/s on the chart paper.

After 3 minutes I will ask you to pass your piece of chart paper to the next table group.

This is your chance to respond (do you agree/ do you disagree), and to also see what your peers have to say.

I will then ask the second question. Groups will discuss and write down their response/s on their newly acquired chart paper.

After 3 minutes I will ask you to pass the chart paper to the next table group. This will continue for questions 3 and 4.

Question 1: How are children and teens cyber bullied?

Questions 2: How do victims of cyber bullying react?

Question 3: How can we prevent cyber bullying?

Question 4: What can we do to stay cyber-safe?