The Power of Words
HAVE each group answer the questions, and then have them share their responses with the class. Look for responses that show empathy for Rani and Aruna and acknowledge that the messages are mean and hurtful and should be stopped. Ask students to read the “A Matter of Ethics” section on the Words Can Hurt Student Handout.
In small groups, have students make a cyberbully protection kit. The kit should contain a shield that they decorate with an anti-cyberbullying symbol and a scroll that lists things they could say to a cyberbully. The kit can be created with cardboard or paper and markers, or online with Kerpoof.
Students will answer the following questions.
Why is it a bad idea to send mean or scary messages online?
Why might there be more misunderstandings between people when they send online messages as opposed to face-to-face discussion?
What can kids do when they get cyberbullying messages?
frustrated: irritated at not being able to do what you want
cyberbully (verb): using technology tools such as the Internet and cell phones to deliberately upset someone else
ethics: ideas about how people should act and behave