This Monday’s class was focused on cyberbullying and cyber safety. Although it feels as though we have been digging into the issue of bullying quite heavily for the past 3 weeks, the focus really was on the role of social media/internet on the bullying issue.
Cyber or electronic bullying: “broadly defined as bullying performed via electronic means such as mobile/cell phones or the internet”- (Olweus, 2012)
“Punishments may make us feel better or safer, but other options can yield actual results.”(Bauman)
Here are the resources that we assigned:
- Holladay, J. (2011). Cyberbullying. Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 76(5), 4-9.
- Olweus, D. (2012). Cyberbullying: An overrated phenomenon?. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9(5), 520-538.
- Bauman, S. (2013). Cyberbullying: What Does Research Tell Us?. Theory Into Practice, 52(4), 249-256.
Once again, I am amazed about the level of community that has been developed in this class- which speaks to the community building process that we are working on! I really love watching how engaged students are in their discussions and the level of questions that have been brought to the literature circles each week. I also am enjoying participating in the activities that are chosen by the community co-creator groups each week– it is a real joy to be in a facilitating position now.
Here are the activities:
Opening Circle: Norming & Animal selection
We needed to review circle norms this week as there has been an increase in side conversations (a symptom of comfort as a group?). I felt it really had an impact on the listening and circle go-round that focused on the question: If you were an animal, what would you be? This was such a fun question and the variety among the class and the reasons for the selection were so interesting. There is a lot of potential to expand on this question- to group animals, discuss differences and how that may play out in a collaborative setting, etc.
Literature Circles: cyberbullying
It is clear that students are getting to the point where they are comfortable debating with each other. Since this is such a short course (10 weeks) I decided I would assign groups early, do a lot of inclusion activities and keep the groups together throughout the course rather than make other groups. Of course, in a classroom I would alternate between different groupings and individual work- but we need to make choices.
Here are some of the key issues that were raised:
- What language do students use- NoHomophobes.com site- actionable option- power of words.
- How do we relate to students?- difference in social media and is this gender specific? Different formats?
- Should we ban cyberbullying? How do we police online? How is this possible?
- Is safety and security greater than freedom of speech?
- Is cyberbullying as detrimental as physical bullying?
- How can we teach parents to use social media properly (counter-intuitive)?
- Are parents accountable- cyberbullying and accessibility?
- Can we use restorative practices work online?- foundation in culture
- Need to make anti-bullying efforts related to students (not related to their actions)
- Digital tattoos vs right to be forgotten?
- Do teachers have the responsibility of monitoring cyber action outside the classroom?
- Who is bullied? Multiple means for same person?
- Is poor self-esteem a result rather than cause of bullying?
- How do we involve community (parents)?
- In what ways can we use technology to address the issue of cyberbullying and cyber safety?
Energizer: Balloon Activity
Each person has a balloon tied around their ankle and must walk around to pop someone else’s balloon by stomping on it. A variation could be that there are 4 teams (4 different coloured balloons) and once only one colour of balloons are left, that team wins. http://www.funretrospectives.com/the-balloon-battle/
Fishbowl Activity: Problem-Solving
I have discussed this in another post- see here. I really like the fishbowl for problem-solving or generating ideas/modelling group discussions. I am not sure i would use this for serious issues…. Know your class and it is all about relationships.
FISHBOWL- a great strategy to do decision making. While in a full circle, we had a participant share a concern to the group. There was a seat opposite the student where participants from the outside circle could jump in, sit and share a suggestion and then return to the outer circle. There are many variations- check out Student Fishbowl or Teaching Strategy
Closing Circle: Red/Yellow/Green- Traffic lights
I really liked this reflection! Students were each given 3 different colour circles and reflected on the question: How comfortable are you with dealing with bullying issues in our next practicum? We did a stand up and declare yourself (random times stand and share response). This allowed students to pass if they wanted and also to make a public declaration. There was a great variety to the answers and I can see this as very effective in the classroom setting.
Check for understanding- post on desks and have students move erasers to where they feel they are while working through problems; post by door and have students touch colour on way out
Self-regulation- identify where they are in emotion & strategies to improve
2 more weeks…..