- Ask the students what they know about cyberbullying. What is it?
- Ask the students to come up with words and sentences that are connected to cyberbullying
- Show your students the short film Lauren’s Ordeal. This is a short film produced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
- Get students to think about and answer the following questions: What happened to Lauren? Do you think Susan thought about the consequences of what she did? What did Lauren have to do to get the bullies to stop? Do you know of anyone who has experienced cyberbullying? (You need to be careful when talking over this topic as this may be a sensitive area for some).What happened? Why did it happen?, etc.
- As a class, talk about whether they think cyberbullying is illegal. What happens when the police become involved in a cyberbullying case?
- Ask whether the school has a policy on cyberbullying?
- In small groups, get the students to think about and write a list of ten rules to live by in cyberspace. You may wish to ask questions to help them, for example, What can students do if they feel they are being cyberbullied?, What things can students do to protect themselves on the Internet, How much responsibility do we have to treat others with respect in cyberspace?
Take from Global Resource and Information Directory (Spain)
There is no specific law against cyberbullying in Spain. However, pertetrators could be charged under Section 169 of the Penal Code, which specifically deals with threatening behaviour, which can take place on or offline. Section 169 of the Penal Code covers threatening a person online, in forums, via email, etc. stating that causing damage to a victim is illegal and will result in a fine.
Sections 205 – 216 of the Penal Code deal with the crime of libel, stating that it is an offense to publish photographs or videos of a person without their permission or to alter photographs of a person and disseminate them by email or publish them on a website without permission. Both libel and slander are only prosecuted upon the request of the victim. Regardless of criminal liability, the misuse of personal data online, and particularly the use of images without consent, is regulated by the Spanish Agency for Data Protection.
Spain has signed but not ratified the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime (November 2001).
Wrap up and conclusions
Choose the best/most important points from each of the groups and come up with a social contract for online behaviour.