Julie Lindsay
International School Dhaka
March 2007
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What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices.
It is sometimes referred to as online social cruelty or electronic bullying and can involve:
  • Sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images;
  • Posting sensitive, private information about another person;
  • Pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad;
  • Intentionally excluding someone from an online group (Willard, 2005).

Children and youth can cyberbully each other through:
  • E-mails,
  • Instant messaging,
  • Text or digital imaging messages sent on cell phones,
  • Web pages,
  • Web logs (blogs),
  • Chat rooms or discussion groups, and
  • Other information communication technologies


Parry Aftab's Cyberbullying: the video part 1 (4.28)
This video briefly introduces four types of cyberbullies:
  • The 'Vengeful Angel'
  • The 'Power-hungry' which includes 'Revenge of the Nerds'
  • The 'Mean Girl': Example
  • The 'Inadvertent"

This next video is made by a student on 'Cyberbullying' (3.44)

Discuss cyberbullying

Identify as a group how, where and when cyberbullying takes place at school and at home.
Key questions:
  • What are students doing when they cyberbully?
  • How do they do it? What hardware and software is being used?
  • What are the most common forms of cyberbullying identified in this school?


'Are you a Cyberbully?' survey adapted from Stop Cyberbullying
Students complete the survey, calculate their score /18 and then determine if they are:
  1. 0-5 points = Caring Cyber Citizen: Congratulations! You’re a caring cyber citizen! Your online behavior is exemplary! Keep up the good work!
  2. 6-10 points = Cyber Risky: Well, you’re not perfect, but few people are. Chances are you haven’t done anything terrible and were just having fun, but try not to repeat your behaviours, since they are all offences. Keep in mind the pain that your fun might be causing others!
  3. 11-18 points = Cyber Careless: You’re online behaviour needs to be reproached! You have done way too many cyber no-no’s! Keep in mind that these practices are dangerous, wrong, and punishable and try to clean up that cyber record!
  4. More than 18 points = Cyber Bully: Put on the breaks and turn that PC/MAC/text-messaging device around! You are headed in a very bad direction. You qualify, without doubt, as a cyberbully. You need to sign off and think about where that little mouse of yours has been clicking before serious trouble results for you and/or your victim(s), if it hasn’t happened already!

Student Videos

From Grade 7 students at Shanghai American School
'Cyberbullying' by Tait (1.04)

'Cyberbullying Speech' by Raymond (1.44)

'Cyberbullying' by Matthew (1.07)

Online Netiquette

Taken from Stop Cyberbullying
  • Start by making sure you are sending things to the right place, that it arrives and that the right person gets it.
  • Is it worth sending? Don’t waste peoples’ time or bandwidth with junk, chain e-mails and false rumours
  • Proofread and spell-check your e-mails and make sure they know who you are
  • Don’t attack others online, say anything that could be considered insulting or that is controversial
  • Don’t forward other people’s e-mails without their permission or share their personal information
  • Are you angry when you are writing this message?
  • Don’t reply to spam, even to ask to be removed from their mailing list
  • How private is the message you are sending? Are you willing to have others read this message or forward it to others without your permission?

Rules for Online Safety

For consideration and review. Adapted from: Kids' Rules for Online Safety
  1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.
  2. I will tell my parents or my teacher right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
  3. I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
  4. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
  5. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable
  6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
  7. I will not give out my Internet password to anyone (even to my best friends) other than my parents.
  8. I will check with my parents before downloading or installing software or doing anything that could possibly hurt our computer or jeopardize my family's privacy
  9. I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
  10. I will help my parents understand how to have fun and learn things online and teach them things about the Internet, computers and other technology.

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Presentation created by Julie Lindsay, March 2007