Lesson plan - secondary Law Week is an opportunity for teachers and pupils to broach the subject of anti-discrimination in a creative and positive manner. This activity is also a great opportunity for schools to discuss the measures they have in place to combat bullying, like peer support systems, whole school and community involvement in creating charters or anti-bullying policies. Learning outcomes is. Identifying what bullying n ing and discrimination. n Unders tanding the effects of bully n Identifying wa ys to deal with bullying. es between people. n Understand in g and respecting differenc address unfair treatment. n Developing conf idence and competence to and how to respond to th em. ation to consider ot her people’s experiences n Using imagin communicate ideas. n Explora tion of visual methods to velop creativity. ty of techni ques to experiment and de n Using a varie Step 1 Start by drawing up a working Step 2 cle, have an informal agreement on confidentiality and While th e students are sitting in a cir g sites and bullying. Try respect for each other. discussio n about social networkin e sites and whether (If such an agreement is already in to elicit whet her any students use thes ed online bullying. place, this step can be skipped.) they have ever experienc of online interactive Everyone should participate in Also try to elicit whether users bullying while gaming. suggesting ground rules for how gaming are experiencing people should behave, and the group should agree on each point before it is added to the final contract and Step 3 stuck to the wall. Divide everyone into equal groups. Give each group a The working agreement should sheet of flipchart paper and pens. Ask pupils to come up include: with all the different ways that cyberbullying can occur. n listening to each other (Refer to teacher’s notes.) n respecting the opinions of others Also ask them to discuss the effects of cyberbullying on n confidentiality people. These may include: n lack of self confidence and low self esteem n depression n not wanting to go on the internet Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW n becoming upset or angry Discrimination Enquiries n not wanting to go to school (02) 9268 5544 or 1800 670 812 n more serious effects, like self-harm, if suitable to www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/adb discuss with the age group. LESSON PLAN – SECONDARY PAGE 2 Step 4 ent their ideas to Each group can then pres can be discussed Step 5 the whole group, and they ideas on the flip Ask students to think about what messages further. Note any further chart. are important to give other young people about bullying and cyberbullying. How can ussions: Points to consider in disc these be conveyed as a catchy slogan? n The ways in which cyberbullying is bullying. different to other types of an Ask students to create their own postcard n Why cyberb ullying might be worse th about bullying and/or cyberbullying. They other types of bullying. can use the template on the entry form n Why it might be a bad idea to meet up or create an image of a similar size on online, and what with someone you meet a computer using Word, PowerPoint, ke if you do precautions you should ta there Photoshop etc. n That victims of cyberbullying may feel Tip: Remember that a postcard is quite me or holiday, is no escape – even at ho small, so the message and image need to etc. d be simple. n The fact that anyone can be cyberbullie obile or a if they have access to a m computer. Tips for safer surfing n Don’t post any personal details online. n Don’t let anyone know your password – even friends. n Think carefully before you post any information about yourself at all. n Never upload photos of yourself online for safety reasons. n If you are being cyberbullied, tell someone you trust such as your parents or a teacher. n Report any cyberbullying, whether it’s targeted at you or not. n Never respond or retaliate to cyberbullying, as this can make things worse and play into the bully’s hands. It may be difficult not to respond, but try to ignore it. n Block the cyberbullies from contacting you. n Save any offensive emails or texts as these can be used to trace them. n If you are continuously cyberbullied, consider changing your user ID.