Ask your students how they might feel if they were victims of cyberbullying.
- Show the video Let’s fight it together and ask them to comment on how Joe is portrayed. How does he feel? Explain that loneliness and isolation are key to how Joe feels at this time. How do the other students in the video bully him? What can be done about it?
- Give out copies of the Worksheet Cyberbullying vs. traditional bullying.
- Have students put unique characteristics of each type of bullying in the appropriate column. Draw their attention to the examples in the first line to help them understand the kind of ideas you are looking for.
- Get students to work in pairs to complete the table.
- Report back to the rest of the class.
- Split the class into small groups and assign each one a person (parent, friend, teacher, etc.). Have them think of how they could help Joe in their role and ask them to explain to the others in their group.
Cyberbullying is similar to traditional bullying because… The person doing the bullying intends to cause harm to the victim / The bully likes to feel in control / The victim feels alone and isolated / The bully/bullies like to feel part of a group or if they belong / The bully may have been a victim of bullying themselves.
Cyberbullying is different from traditional bullying because … The bully can remain anonymous and avoid face-to-face confrontation / Cyberbullying knows no boundaries, it can occur 24/7 / The audience can be very large and reached very quickly / You can keep evidence of attempts to bully (emails, texts, messages) / It is rarely physical.
Wrap up and conclusions
Ask the class to come up with solutions on how we can all fight cyberbullying together.