Identify what cyberbullying is and where it happens, then figure out what you can do about it.
Help for Staff
In this activity, members will discuss cyberbullying. They will identify what cyberbullying is, where it happens and what they can do when they encounter it.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
TIME: 10 MINUTES
What is cyberbullying?
What is cyberbullying? On a sheet of paper, or in a document on the computer, write down examples of cyberbullying. For example: “When one person posts a mean picture about another person on Instagram.” What else comes to mind? Make a list.
Engage your members in a dialogue about cyberbullying. What is cyberbullying? On a whiteboard, make a list of what they come up with. What are the common threads that show up?
Help your members find a good definition for cyberbullying. The definition doesn’t need to be perfect, but it can help them to think about what cyberbullying is and identify it when they see it.
TIME: 5 MINUTES
Where does it happen?
Where does cyberbullying take place? Make a list of all the places you’ve experienced or seen cyberbullying. Does it look the same in each place? Be ready to discuss.
You’ll help members understand what they can do about cyberbullying in Activity 3.
TIME: 10 MINUTES
What can they do about it?
You might think that cyberbullying happens a lot, and that you can’t do anything about it. Nothing could be further from the truth! There are many examples of how people have done something to stop it.
People who are not the targets of the bully, but do notice what’s going on, have a role to play, too. What are some things you can do to stop someone else from being bullied online?
Work with your members to help them understand what they can do about cyberbullying. Most importantly, make sure they know they can come to you to share anything they’ve seen that impacts members in the Club. Be sure everyone knows that they won’t get in trouble for sharing. Even if members may be among the bullies, let them know you’re there to help them as best you can.
As you speak with your members, come up with a case study. Ask them to pretend their best friend was being bullied online. Specifically, a text they sent to a friend was forwarded to many other people and now, everyone knows about it. Ask “What would you do about it? How could or would you respond?”
Finally, ask them to imagine finding content that was related to someone they didn’t know. What would they do? How would they respond?
TIME: 10-15 MINUTES
Now, come up with a pledge, which is like a promise. What will you promise to do to keep you, your friends and others safe from being bullied online?