How to handle cyberbullying: What to do

Activities to talk about what students should do in the case of cyberbullying.

Author: Kate Fryer

Aims
  • to discuss what cyberbullying includes
  • to ensure that students have a greater knowledge of how to handle cyberbullying
Materials
Key language
  • to wonder, all on your larry, to be a grass, to put up with something
Introduction

Ask your students what they think of when they hear the word ‘cyberbullying’, what can cyberbullying include? A good activity for raising awareness is theCyberbullying vs traditional bullying worksheet.

Video activity
  • Explain to your students that they are going to watch a video about a girl being cyberbullied, Connexions Cambs. Write 3 questions on the board for them to think about while they are watching:
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  • After watching, discuss why the cyberbullying happened, for how long and what happened to each of the characters after the cyberbullying was reported.
Worksheet activity
  • Get students to create fact cards on how to handle cyberbullying.
  • Ask students to work in pairs. Use the example advice cards to show what type of information is useful and ask them to complete the remaining advice cards.
  • Once they have finished, join pairs to make groups of 4. Ask them to read all of their cards and discard any repeated cards. Now ask them to choose the 5 most important pieces of advice from their cards. This can then be shared with the rest of the class.

 

Wrap up and conclusions

Students should always know what the policy of their school is regarding cyberbullying and check that they understand what they should do if they think they are being bullied.

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