Cyberbullying "is the use of Information Technology to harm or harass other people in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner. According to U.S. Legal Definitions, Cyber-bullying could be limited to posting rumors or gossips about a person in the internet bringing about hatred in other’s minds; or it may go to the extent of personally identifying victims and publishing materials severely defaming and humiliating them.
With the increase in use of these technologies, cyberbullying has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers."
- Words in the News: Cyber Bully
"The Daily Mail leads on a mother who has won a landmark legal case against Facebook after being sent death threats by so-called internet ‘trolls’." - 8 June 2012 - Full story >>
+ VOCABULARY + LINKS
- Cyberbullying Glossary (pdf)
ex.: "Cyberstalking: Repeated harassment that includes threats of harm or that is highly intimidating and intrusive upon one’s personal privacy. "
Mom Cybershames Daughter for Online Bullying. Who's the Bully Now? - 6 January 2014
"The image shows a girl, who appears to be in her early teens, holding a sign and an iPod. The sign reads:
"My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As a punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying, in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong."
- One in five children is bullied online - 14 June 2012
"One in five children aged eight to 11 is a victim of cyberbullying attacks, a new report from charity Beatbullying has found...
The bullying prevention group surveyed over 1,500 primary school pupils, finding that 21 per cent had been "deliberately targeted, threatened or humiliated by an individual or group" using technology.
While bullying took place on social media sites, games consoles and chat rooms, the most common form of cyberbullying reported was by text message.
This reflected the fact that the majority of bullying the children reported began offline, often at school, and was then continued online or by phone."
- Schools in Northern Ireland to focus on cyberbullying - 14 November 2011
"Almost 650 schools across Northern Ireland are to explore the impact of cyberbullying this week...
According to Department of Education research in Northern Ireland, 15.5% of Year 6 pupils and 17% of Year 9 pupils surveyed have experienced cyberbullying in recent months."
CONVERSATION QUESTIONS :
LESSON PLANS :
Cyberbullying : Resources
ex.: Cyberbullying Word Trace: "An activity distributed to youth to promote discussion about cyberbullying."
Cyber Bullying. How safe are you online? - a lesson plan
You are going to
- discuss being safe online and on social network sites
- listen to a discussion about cyber bullying
- do a gap fill exercise
- write a leaflet giving advice to people who use social network sites
- Teachers cyber-bullied by students and parents - a lesson plan with AUDIO (April 27, 2014)
"Children as young as seven are posting abusive and damaging comments about their teachers on social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter."
- Cyberbullying films with "Childnet's cyberbullying film, Let’s Fight It Together, and a unique drama documentary produced by students with accompanying lesson plan."
+ Teachers'guide + Online evaluation form
Let's Fight It Together (YouTube)