Activity 5.3 Cyberbullying and Social Media

This week’s activity for EDIT 202 was to create a digital resource toolkit in Symbaloo for a certain division of students. For the purpose of this task, I compiled an array of videos, news articles, games, websites and quizzes that could be utilized for the theme of digital citizenship in a high school classroom.  The link below contains all of the items found useful to date. It will be updated accordingly, as other relevant resources are discovered:

My Cyberbullying and Social Media Resource Toolkit

In keeping with my digital toolkit in Symbaloo, I have outlined two cyber bullying strategies below that can be used in a high school classroom.

Firstly, I think it is important for students to be fully aware of what exactly cyber bullying is, how easy it is to become an accessory, and how it might differ in various situations. In order draw attention to the nuances of cyber bullying that occur, I would introduce the following game to the class:

Digizen Quiz Game

This interactive game takes students through various school scenarios and quizzes, in order to calculate your “Digizen Rating” (i.e. Digital Citizenship). Upon completion of the game, students are provided with a breakdown as to how supportive they were of a classmate in trouble, the sensibility of their online decisions, their knowledge of social media and cyber bullying, as well as their ability to gather information. Once rated, they are then provided with some suggestions or advice according to their outcome. I found this game especially useful, as I think that while a lot of students have an idea of what cyber bullying, this game highlights the complexity of the matter. It emphasizes that it doesn’t take much to become an accessory in an incident and that certain scenarios demand a more supportive, rather than dismissive response.

For the second strategy, I would like to propose showing them a certain clip from ABC News, entitled “Harmless Joke or Cyberbullying?”. Though a rather dramatized and sensationalized segment, I think it touches on a very important lesson. The idea that one can flippantly say something cruel, and make it acceptable if categorized as a “joke” is a far too common problem. I would like to show this clip to draw awareness to this issue and then lead the class in a discussion, by asking them how they would respond in the situation portrayed. In the end, I hope that any strategy I employ will result in constructive dialogue, not only between the students and myself (i.e. the instructor), but the students themselves and thereby, ideally fostering a deeper understanding and level of trust.


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