Posting comments online, texting, playing online role-playing games, and sharing photos on social media are all ways to communicate with your friends, family, and others using technology. These activities can be a lot of fun and a positive way to express yourself.
Using a screen to communicate can help you be more open to trying new things or adventurous in the things you say. You might use online activities as an opportunity to be creative or try out a new persona in a way that wouldn’t be possible in real life.
However, hiding behind a screen can lead people to post messages or text without thinking.
People might send text messages, share photos, or post comments online that are hurtful.
When someone uses technology to intimidate, threaten, or embarrass another person it’s called cyberbullying. Even someone who would never bully a classmate or stranger in person might cyberbully. When people interact online, they can’t read each other’s emotions, body language, or facial expressions. They can say and post things without experiencing others’ reactions. This can make it easier to write or post something harmful about another person and not think about how it might make them feel.
Things you post on the internet also might affect people far in the future. A comment on social media or in a messaging app might be deleted, but if people reposted it or took photos and screenshots, it may never be truly gone.
For these reasons, cyberbullying can affect the reputations of everyone involved for a long time. Because cyberbullying can affect anyone at any time, it’s up to everyone to prevent it, recognize its signs, and stop it.
If you are being bullied, you can get help to make it stop. And if you witness bullying, it’s important to take action safely. In this lesson, you will work with a partner or a group to brainstorm questions you should ask yourself before you post things online or send a text. You will you work together to add the questions to a document.
Then, you will make a list of safe actions or interventions you can take if you witness or experience cyberbullying. To do this, you will: Create a new document, Add headings, Type two lists of ideas, Add bullets to the lists, And insert a page break.
This lesson uses Google Docs, but you could apply these skills and concepts in any word processing application or even on a piece of paper.
With a collaborative document, you can share your brainstorming lists with more friends or your teacher, and you can easily refer back to it in the future.
To start, sign in to your Google account. Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to Google dot com. If you are not signed in, do so now.
If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.
To work on this lesson, gather around one computer with the partner or group your teacher assigned. One partner or group member will Open Google Drive, create a new document, rename it, and share it with the other group members.
Give each member permission to edit the document.
Then, move on to the next video to start brainstorming. Now, it’s your turn: Sign into your Google account. Then one group member creates a new document, renames it, and shares it with the other group members.
- Sign into your Google account.
- Then one group member creates a new document, renames it, and shares it with the other group members.
This project will be shared with your teachers
Students can submit their work on this page. View their submitted work on the student progress page of My Classes.