In our workshop "#openyoureyes - face cyberbully" we wanted to react to the change of media. Today our society uses the media daily; it is known as the trend "always on". On social platforms we are communicating with other people, we are sharing our lives and activities with others, and we are using them for entertainment. Also young people takes part in this virtual reality. Today media is affecting the development of personality. But this trend of society brings risks with it. For example, cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is a result of anonymity and lower psychological barriers. So far we don’t have curricula for media skills, that can teach students how to act on social platforms. With our workshop we wanted to take care of problems students have while being online. Especially we wanted to teach right ways to face cyberbully. Furthermore we wanted to reach the parents of the students. They should be able to teach and talk with their children. So we planned a two-piece structure for our workshop. One workshop for students, one for their parents.
In the last week of march, we visited two seventh classes and many fourth classes. On our last day we even taught two third classes.
With the seventh grade we watched videos of students, who had experienced cyberbullying and of students, who bullied others. The class was very impressed and talked a lot about cyberbullying and their own experiences with it.
We used the “mentimeter.com” app which allows anonymous answers so that nobody would be embarrassed to say something private in front of their class. After that we talked about the Whatsapp messenger and its special significance for the students. We allowed them to use their smartphones to look up how often they use Whatsapp.
For the main part of our workshop we prepared a little educational programme with different tasks. For example, one task was about how to take care of photos with friends and family. Together we designed a poster with different rules for the main theme of cyberbullying. At the end every student was honored with the label “fairplayer” and got a certificate for their participation.
For the fourth and third grade we prepared a different workshop. We began with reading out a story of kid named “Robert”, who was new in class and who became a victim of a cyberbully. Together we thought about ways to include Robert and how to handle the cyberbully. Like before, we used an educational programme with different tasks, which were discussed in the class. For example, we talked about chain letters and how to deal with scary messages from unknown numbers. At the end we honored each student with a certification with the label “digital hero”.
Altogether we reached over 200 students.
We also planned a workshop for parents. First, we wanted to hold our workshop in each school where we taught the students. So we could reach the parents of the students. Unfortunately the schools told us about the low interest in school evenings. Our approach was a public workshop for any adults that are interested in media education. We could convince three public libraries for our workshop. We reached thirty parents and teacher. Our workshop was based on material from “klicksafe.de”. We demonstrated the meaning of smartphones and social media to our listeners and explained some trends and apps. During the main part we gave advice for good media education and showed some tools that could help to control youth protection. The feedback was very good and some parents stayed for more questions and discussion.
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