I learned that the events of cyberbullying are more harmful than anyone could imagine, and that even if it seems hard or impossible, and even if someone makes fun of you too, you can always stand up for someone and help them. I learned not to be a bystander, but to be an upstander.
I could apply what I’ve learned in class to real life by standing up for others. If I see someone getting hurt, whether it’s a friend or someone I don’t even know, or even someone I don’t like, I will stand up and be an upstander. I will tell someone that needs to know and make sure they do something to stop the bullying.
I did witness it once. On AIM my friend Damen had called another friend of mine, Paige, a nasty name. I knew Damen was kidding, but I told him to apologize to Paige anyway. He did, and she forgave him. It wasn’t something major but I still felt the need for him to apologize to her.
It is important to de-escalate action because not only will it keep cyberbullying away, but it could stop someone from getting their feelings really hurt. And if the person did do something like commit suicide, I don’t think anyone would want something like that on their back, constantly thinking and feeling guilty about how they could have stopped it, or they could have told the offender to stop, and now the victim is dead, and you could have done something, but chose not to.
Have you ever encountered online cruelty?
My friend Sam was bullied online once.
How do you think someone might feel after being the target of it?
Very upset. She cried. I think anyone else would be upset too.
Complete the K (what do you KNOW) and the W (what do you WANT to know) below based on your knowledge of cyber-bullying.
K: cyber bullying is any form of insulting or hurting someone online.
W: i want to know what there is to Cyber Bullying, like different things people do.
To the best of your ability please define the following vocab words within the context of the topic of cyber-bullying.
Target: someone who is bullied.
Offender: someone who bullies.
Bystander: a bystander is someone who witnesses someone else being bullied.
Upstander: an upstander is someone who sees something and does something about it.
Escalate: how things get worse.
De-escalate: making things better.
For next class please complete the following:
1. Finish your “dial it down map” using Popplet and post a link to it on your Tumblr as well as a link to the article or scenario you selected.
2. In a text post, please reflect on the following:
- How could you apply what you learned in class to…