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1 Cyber-Bullying and internet use
What is it? Surfing the internet safely. You wouldn’t cross the road without looking, so why do people continue to the surf the internet without taking any safety precautions? Think about your own computer usage and where your computer is located in your home. Is it in a room where your parents can see what you are doing? Do you use a laptop / hand held device away from where your parents can monitor what you are doing? What kind of problems might this bring up for you and your parent/carers.


3 Bullying and Cyber-bullying
Bullying is the act of intentionally causing harm to others, through verbal harassment, physical assault, or other more subtle methods, i.e. exclusion from a group or spreading rumours, etc. Cyber-bullying is bullying using technology. This means things like prank calling, sending nasty text messages and posting on hate sites as well as forwarding horrible s. Have YOU had to put up with this in the past? How can YOU make sure you are not affected by it in the future? Explore the fact that the internet is so much a part of young peoples lives, that many cannot imagine their lives without the internet. Young people use the internet to make new friendship groups and are more trustworthy of potential strangers than they normally would be. Explore why this is. Bullying is sadly a very common part of many young peoples lives. Cyber-bullying has affected almost a third of year olds and is the number one issue for young people today according to research. It might be useful by show of hands to see how many of the pupils have witnessed acts of bullying. It is not advisable to ascertain whether any pupils have been victims of bullying in this sort of forum as it could make students a potential target and could single them out. Stress that it is very important that if anybody experiences bullying they MUST TELL SOMEONE! There are various organisations like Beatbullying that can support them and also mention your anti-bullying policy. Another good talking point is the role of the bystander. Point out that they are often as seen to be as guilty as the bullies if they do nothing about it. So for example, if they pass round something nasty on their mobile phones, they’re seen as guilty as the person that sends it in the first place.


5 Consequences for your future employment……….watch this short film clip:
This is her justification………….

6 Paris made comments that were racist and inappropriate comments on twitter


8 Increasingly, all major companies and any job in a socially responsible arena are completing on line checks on future employees. ‘I won’t agree to this’ might be your thoughts. Hmmm, you can forget about even being interviewed then! DO NOT create on line actions and thoughts that may come back to haunt you!!! You may say, ‘I deleted them, no worries’ Start worrying!!!!!


10 Social Networking Sites Forums and Message Boards
Sending threatening s or intimidating someone Social Networking Sites Posting hurtful comments on someone's profile Chat / IM Saying nasty things in chat and instant messaging Gaming Ganging up on another player or excluding them Mobile Phones Making prank calls, nasty texts and photo messages Webcams Making people do things on webcams that upset them Forums and Message Boards Ganging up on someone, excluding someone, making hurtful comments Some young people may have experienced cyber-bullying via gaming on forums such as PS3 or XBOX LIVE. This could be explored further if time permits.

11 Swearing on Whatsapp 'will result in £40,000 fine and deportation, UAE rules‘

12 Embarrassed, Scared, Tearful, Sad, Anxious Frustrated, Stressed
Cyber-bullying, how does it make you feel? Embarrassed, Scared, Tearful, Sad, Anxious Frustrated, Stressed Want to retaliate Intimidated Feeling sorry for yourself Feel like you can’t tell anyone Angry, Unhappy, Worthless, Confused


14 “We were only having a laugh”.
Have you ever been involved in a situation like this or know of others who have? “We were only having a laugh”.

15 Have fun...but use the internet safely!
What can you do? Report any cyber-bullying, even if it’s not happening to you, tell someone you trust Never respond/retaliate as it could make matters worse. Block the cyber-bullies from contacting you Save and print any bullying messages, posts, pictures or videos that you receive Make a note of the dates and times they are received Keep your passwords private Don’t post any personal information or pictures online Have fun...but use the internet safely! The main focus should be on ‘telling someone’. This is the most important message. They should not allow the situation to fester and this applies if they witness an act of bullying too! Bullying is unacceptable. Pupils from 8 onwards can register on the CyberMentors website; the site is for young people and it is a safe arena for young people to talk to other young people who have been specially trained as online peer mentors by Beatbullying. is part-funded by the DCSF and backed by organisations such as CEOP.

16 Don’t post stuff that is very personal – keep information general
Top Tips Don’t post stuff that is very personal – keep information general Think carefully about posting pictures online – once it’s there, anyone can see it or use it! Don’t share your passwords – keep your personal information private! It’s not a good idea to meet up with anyone you meet online – you don’t really know who they are! Try to emphasise that once information is posted online, anyone can get their hands on it. Talk about language and tone – how easy it is to misunderstand another person online because you can’t take visual cues from someone’s face. Lots of cyber-bullying starts from silly little misunderstandings and then gets out of hand, so language, tone and respect is key. Also important is learning to talk things through calmly if there has been a misunderstanding. There is more information at:

17 Try to think carefully before you write things
Top Tips Try to think carefully before you write things online – people can get the wrong end of the stick! Respect other people’s views – just because you don’t agree with them, it doesn’t mean you have to be rude or abusive! These websites are for YOU to use if you need help or advice

18 With a partner. Write down ways you can prevent Cyberbullying
Create a poster on cyberbullying!

19 What have you learned today?
You have 60 seconds to think about the things you have learned today then class discussion of key points: Thoughts for yourself ………….. Has today’s lesson made you think about your behaviour and that of others around you? If you have been unpleasant to someone in the past? Will you think twice now you know the effect it can have ? What are the positives to come from this lesson for you?

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