Every November, many schools participate in Anti-Bullying Week. Anti-Bullying Week 2013 takes place from 18-22nd November, and this year the theme is The Future is Ours: Safe, Fun and Connected. It’s about using technology for collaboration and productive reasons rather than anti-social and cowardly behaviour such as cyber-bullying. So, how about creating a course on your Learnanywhere, for pupils, staff and parents to work through?
OFSTED released a paper in September stating that schools should provide parents with information regarding e-safety. This, ideally, should be available from the school’s website, on a dedicated e-safety page.
You can find more information about Anti-Bullying Week here.
Your Learnanywhere course could start with an introduction to Anti-Bullying Week and the theme for this year. If you are allowing parents to join in you can add extra information that your students may find of interest but parents will find very useful. We recommend involving parents in this activity, as it shows how serious and proactive your school is regarding bullying, cyberbullying and e-safety.
You can follow the guidance and use the resources supplied by the Anti-Bullying Week website and add in other resources and activities that you see fit. You can also use this as an opportunity to address any issues you are currently experiencing in your school.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using technology; mobile phones, tablet computers, laptops, games consoles and social networking sites like Facebook can all play a part in cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying differs from other types of bullying in that it is always there: Children cannot escape from it at home – in fact wherever you are, there is no hiding place.
Young people need to realise that they can become involved in cyberbullying without realising or understanding what they are doing. Even just being involved ‘on the edge’ can have a huge impact on how the person being bullied feels.
Using digital technology to deliberately upset, hurt or embarrass someone else is bullying. This includes writing or liking a post or comment, tweeting, posting pictures and sending texts. ‘Liking’ or simply commenting ‘lol’ can make you become part of the bullying. It could be perceived that you are ‘ganging up’ on the victim.
Using your learning platform to educate pupils about bullying is the perfect opportunity to make them aware of cyberbullying, so make sure this is part of your course. Learnanywhere itself is a VLE that promotes e-safety and helps prevent cyberbullying, with the ability to monitor messaging between pupils. Creating An Anti-Bullying Course On Learnanywhere
To mark Anti-Bullying Week, we’ve created an anti-bullying course ourselves. Here’s how it looks.
The course is made up of resources that would be used during the week. They include:
A six minute video about cyberbullying. It follows a teenage boy who is being cyberbullied and what he does about it.
Information for Children about Cyberbullying
Childline website containing information about cyberbullying, and what to do if it is happening to you or someone you know.
Young People & Social Networking
Leaflet downloaded from Childnet International with lots of information and guidance.
Write a Poem/Blog/ News Article
Instructions and an example of the work required. Pupils will create a written piece and then use it to start a discussion about the effects of cyberbullying and how it can be beaten.
Instructions to create a three-question survey, get responses and then present their results using charts.
Design a Poster
Details about a school competition to create an A4 poster, raising awareness of Cyberbullying and encouraging all to stamp it out.
Using Video Cameras Online
Links to the Childnet International website giving information about using video cameras safely and appropriately online.
What Do you Think?
The instructions in the forum ask the pupils to use this space to discuss cyberbullying and asks them what they think of it and what would they do if they, or a friend, was being cyberbullied?
Do You Know Your Facts About Cyberbullying?
Quiz (self marking)
A range of questions to reinforce pupils’ knowledge and understanding of cyberbullying.
This is how the course looks from the pupils’ point of view:
If you use Learnanywhere, we will be uploading thee above resources in Cirrus shortly, with the tag antibullying2013.
UK Government Principles of E-Safety – http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/pastoralcare/b00198456/principles-of-e-safety
Think You Know (CEOP) – http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Childnet – http://www.childnet.com/
UK Internet Safer Internet Centre – http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
BBC Stay Safe – http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
Kidsmart – http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
Child Line cyberbullying – http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/CyberBullying.aspx
Digizen – http://www.digizen.org/
Find one or two good sources of information and stick to them. Think You Know is part of CEOP, so possibly one of the best.