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  • Wise words on Privacy

Watch what you say about people

Key Messages

  • Everyone should be free to have fun online without fear of being bullied.
  • Bullying is bullying - whether it’s online or in person
  • Trolling is not acceptable
  • You’re not completely anonymous online - so don’t think you can get away with it
  • Treat others as you’d want them to treat you

Illustrating the topic

Discussion Questions

  • What’s wrong with just saying what you think online? People sound off all the time
  • Do you think it’s less hurtful to read something online than if someone says something to your face?
  • If you talk to someone, how can you tell what they feel about what you say? How can you tell what someone’s feeling online?
  • What are some good questions to ask yourself before saying something about someone online (eg will it damage their reputation? Is it true? Will it hurt their feelings? Is it legal?)
  • What your responsibilities towards others?
  • If you write something anonymously, can it be tracked?
  • Has anyone written something hurtful about you?
  • What can you do to deal with it. Techniques? (eg sometimes reacting will only make it worse, particularly with trolls).
  • There are places to go


  • Students do a ‘self’ search (an AUTOGOOGLE) - what stuff is out there about you. How do you feel about what others have put up about you online?
  • Develop a character, symbol, code or form of words to show how you feel
  • Art - create poster with key message for younger students
  • If your school or classroom bullying charter doesn’t include online activities, get the students to write their own section on how they promise to behave online
  • Write a play, with a positive outcome
  • Share ideas about how to relate positively to other people online, and positive ways of dealing with problems (eg on Padlet)
  • Write a journal - either a real one, or an imagined one.