Defining Cyberharassment | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Defining Cyberharassment

    Grade 7
    Lesson 1 of 5
    30 minutes
    Curriculum expectations: C1.1, C2.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
    Topics: Healthy Living
    Learning Goals
    By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

    • apply interpersonal skills as they describe benefits and dangers, for themselves and others that are associated with the use of computers and other technologies, and identify protective responses; and
    • apply critical thinking skills as they assess the impact of different types of bullying or harassment on others, and identify ways of preventing or resolving such incidents.
    Facility
    Classroom, Computer Lab
    Minds On

    Using large group discussion, create a Mind Map with students reviewing the definition of harassment Place the word “harassment” in the center of the Mind Map, and attach correct student ideas regarding the definition to the word.

    The Ontario Curriculum, Health and Physical Education, Grades 1-8, revised (2015) defines harassment as a form of discrimination that may include unwelcome attention and remarks, jokes, threats, name-calling, touching, or other behaviour (including the display of pictures) that insults, offends, or demeans someone because of his or her identity. Harassment involves conduct or comments that are known to be, or should reasonably be known to be, offensive, inappropriate, intimidating, and hostile.

    A&E - Minds On

    Teacher observation of students demonstrated knowledge of the definition of harassment

    Action

    Place Mat

    See Teacher Resource: Place Mat Student Sample for samples of the strategy.

    In small groups, have each student respond to the following questions in their personal section of the chart paper:

    • What is cyberharassment?
    • What does it look like?

    Have each group decide on one definition of cyberharassment and provide one or two examples in the middle of the chart paper. Have each group share their information with the class.

    Clarify the definition before moving on to ensure all students start the unit with an accurate definition of cyberharassment.

    Internet Language Introduction

    Have each student individually complete Student Resource: Internet Inventory. Students will highlight or star any information that is personal and could reveal/communicate personal information about themselves to others.

    Have students work with a partner or a small group and brainstorm some familiar terms that are used on the Internet, in chat rooms, on social media, or while direct messaging. Have them record the meanings and definitions and include these at the bottom of Student Resource: Internet Inventory in the box entitled Common Terms. Have each group share their list with the class and record the words on the board or chart paper.

    Word Wall

    See Teacher Resource: Word Wall Student Sample for sample of the strategy.

    Working with a partner, have students brainstorm words they might be exposed to throughout the unit. Give an introduction to the language that students will be exposed to in this unit and compare it to the list the students came up with.

    Think Pair Share

    Provide each student with a copy of Student Resource: Dealing with Cyberharassment. Have each student indicate in order (1-10) the ways they would deal with being harassed on the Internet, in chat rooms, on social media, or while direct messaging.

    Once completed, have students work with a partner and discuss and determine their top 3 ways to deal with cyberharassment.

    Have each group choose the best way and explain why they believe this is the more appropriate way to deal with cyberharassment.

    Have each group share with the class.

    Consider recording the ways students chose to deal with cyberharassment and refer back to these after they play the Mirror Image game.

    A&E - Action

    Teacher observation of students demonstrated application of interpersonal skills as they describe benefits and dangers, for themselves and others, that are associated with the use of computers and other technologies and identify protective responses; and students' application of critical thinking skills as they assess the impact of different types of bullying or harassment on others, and identify ways of preventing or resolving such incidents using Student Resource: Dealing with Cyberharassment

    Consolidation

    Cyber Organizer Introduction

    Give each student a copy of Student Resource: Cyber Organizer. This will be used throughout the unit. The organizer will be used to inform the content of their role play at the end of the unit.

    Have them complete the following sections: “How would you deal with cyberharassment” and “Identify 3-5 ways to be safer on the Internet.”

    A&E - Consolidation

    Teacher observation of students demonstrated application of interpersonal skills as they describe benefits and dangers, for themselves and others, that are associated with the use of computers and other technologies, and identify protective responses; and students application of critical thinking skills as they assess the impact of different types of bullying or harassment on others, and identify ways of preventing or resolving such incidents using Student Resource: Cyber Organizer

    Ideas for Extension

    Have students read the first column of the Code of Conduct provided in Student Resource: Code of Conduct and discuss with a partner or small group what could be added to ensure the expectations and rules for using the Internet are reflected.

    Students can also examine their school’s Code of Conduct and make recommendations to the principal for items to be added to ensure students are safe on the Internet at school.

    Notes to Teacher

    Students require strategies to be critical thinkers when on the Internet. This will allow them to identify what information can be accessed online and how to ensure that they are acting in a safe manner.

    Students will be introduced to new technology related to information and Communication Technology. Students need to recognize that bullying, harassment and other inappropriate activities often happen on the Internet and there are consequences for these behaviours. This discussion should take place prior to the first lesson through a class discussion or small group activity.