| Chat rooms, blogs, and instant messaging have become standard forms of communication for many young people. Unfortunately, they have also become popular ways to bully and harass others.
This programme is designed to prevent children and teenagers from falling victim to cyberbullying, using dramatisations and Q & A discussions to expand awareness of the issue. It discusses cyberbullying warning signs, common patterns of abuse, and questionable online activities and destinations to stay away from. It also presents strategies for responding when cyberbullying occurs, and outlines legal problems involving privacy and libel that young Internet users should be aware of.
Topic 1: It’s No Joke… It’s Bullying! -
The introductory segment of the programme discusses the importance of Internet and mobile technologies as social lifelines keeping students connected. The phenomenon known as cyberbullying is introduced and the forms it takes are explored.
Topic 2: New Age Bullying -
This section explores students’ misconceptions that they will not get caught and that no one is really getting hurt by cyberbullying.
Topic 3: The Cyberbully Arsenal -
This segment focuses on the techniques used by cyberbullies, including flaming, online harassment, cyberstalking, denigration, masquerading, outing/trickery, and exclusion. Students discuss the various ways in which cyberspace is used to bully.
Topic 4: Protecting Yourself in the Virtual World -
Guidelines students can use to protect themselves from becoming victims of cyberbullying are outlined in this segment. The appropriate methods for dealing with cyberbullies and the importance of informing trusted adults who can assist the victim are also covered.
Topic 5: Cyberbullying - A Serious Offence -
This segment explores how school administration, law enforcement, and Internet Service Providers might respond to reports of cyberbullying and the consequences of cyberbullying behaviour, specifically school suspensions and arrests, are topics of a small group discussion.
• Identify and differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable uses of interactive technologies (text messaging, instant messaging, e-mail, Internet chat rooms, blogging, website postings, etc.).
• Identify online activities and locations that may make a person vulnerable to bullying.
• Understand why bullying seems easier to commit when online.
• Identify helpful and harmful ways to deal with online bullies.
• Know the proper steps to take when being bullied online.
• Know how and when to involve parents, school officials, and/or law enforcement.
• Understand legal rights pertaining to privacy when online.
Includes downloadable support material.
|Running Time: 19 mins|
|Age Range: 11 - 19 Years|
|Year of Production: 2006|
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