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Online Disinhibition and Cyberbullying (UK)

How does online disinhibition sometimes lead to cyberbullying?

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 learners to consider this concept before they post, and stop digital drama and cyberbullying before they start.

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Learning Objectives:
  • 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.
  • Analyse how online disinhibition can cause cyberbullying and brainstorm ways to counter it.
Key Vocabulary: cyberbullying  ·  online disinhibition effect
cyberbullying:
using digital devices, sites and apps to intimidate, harm and upset someone
online disinhibition effect:
when people behave differently online than they would in real life
Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech

Lesson Plan

45 mins.

What You'll Need

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Take-home resources

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