Option 1: Think of a lesson idea for “behaving online appropriately”.
A 45 minute staff pd in a remote area setting regarding cyber bullying. This workshop utilises drama techniques as creative therapy, and Aboriginal practices to address trauma; exploring also, precautions and solutions to inappropriate online behaviour.
Workshop activities can be repeated with upper primary and early secondary students at the teacher’s discretion.
Part One – Hot Seating and reflections 25 minutes
Step 1: 5 minutes duration. In order to engage evocatively with the issue, workshop participants select an individual to represent a victim of cyber bullying. Whilst others observe, a select number encircle the victim representing concerned others such as a teacher, counsellor, elder sibling, parent, grandparent, concerned peer and so on. Spontaneous questions are asked of the victim, eliciting spontaneous answers in turn aiming to reveal depths of personal effect; the nature of the activity engaging meaningfully at an emotional level.
Step 2: 5 minutes. As above, this time with individual as perpetrator.
Step 3: 1 or 2 minutes. All convene to summarise observations, personal reflections from ‘actors’. How did it feel in the thick of the fray / unexpected responses from self as victim or perpetrator? Discuss dangerous long-term effects.
Step 4: 1 or 2 minutes. Participants split into two groups standing shoulder to shoulder, one line representing the victim as one voice; the other as the perpetrator.
Step 5: 1 or 2 minutes. Participants convene to discuss resolutions and precautions if any, which may have emerged.
Part Two – Talking Circle 20 minutes
This component refers to the National Safety Online Awareness Campaign: “Resources to Help Keep Our Mob Safe Online” https://www.esafety.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-09/be-deadly-online-lesson-plan-yarning-circle.pdf
Storytelling and yarning are introduced as important to Aboriginal culture. Cyberbullying will be explored using the Be Deadly Online poster, “Bullying Online. Shame Longtime”
Participants brainstorm different forms of communication effectively telling stories about cybersafety. The talking – or yarning circle – is introduced as an informal and culturally friendly way to provide and receive information, allowing everyone to have their say in a safe environment.
The poster is viewed to discuss how words, pictures and non-verbal communication can tell the story from different perspectives about the issue of cyberbullying; from the perspective of the bully, victim and bystanders. What is being communicated through the poster’s words and pictures is written onto butcher’s paper, noting non-verbal language such as facial expressions, body language and sign language. Participants consider how the impact of technology is changing person to person story-telling and the way stories are being shared. With thoughts on the impact on individuals and their families, participants imagine how the new technology can be used to help their family and community.
The following websites are provided for further reference:
Australian Government eSafety Commissioner
Australian Institute of Family Studies