Grade 11

Online Disinhibition and Cyberbullying

How does online disinhibition sometimes lead to cyberbullying?
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This lesson meets standards for CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

Texting and chatting online can sometimes feel just like talking to someone in person, but it's actually pretty different. It's all because of something called the "online disinhibition effect," which makes us more likely to share or communicate differently from how we would in person. Help your students learn to consider this concept before they post, and stop digital drama and cyberbullying before they start.

Students will be able to:
  • Define "online disinhibition" and describe how it can be both positive and negative.
  • Explain how anonymity, lag time, and lack of nonverbal cues all contribute to online disinhibition.
  • Analyze how online disinhibition can cause cyberbullying and brainstorm ways to counter it.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 45 mins.
Ganging Up Online
15 mins.
What Is Online Disinhibition?
20 mins.
Countering Cyberbullying
10 mins.

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Lesson Slides
Video: Is the Internet Making You Meaner? Watch
Student Handout: What Is Online Disinhibition? Student Version Answer Key
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
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