On March 25th, students from across Atlantic Canada came together with the RCMP via video conference to discuss bullying and cyberbullying. This is the conversation that took place on the virtual classroom and through Twitter.
Leading up to the event, students started their conversation on TakingITGlobal's private Virtual Classroom. Students shared, collaborated, and provided peer feedback on their definition of bullying, cyberbullying, and the power of the bystander. In addition, mentors guided the conversation by providing feedback and asking questions.
Here are a few examples of what students shared in the virtual classroom.
Bullying happens when someone hurts physically, verbally, socially, a person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending themselves.
There is verbal bullying, which can include name-calling, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative comments to someone's culture, race, gender, or religion. There is social bulling, which can include excluding others, humiliating people with public graffiti intended to put the person down. There is cyber bullying which includes using the Internet or texting to hurt someone's feelings, spread rumours, or make fun of someone. Then there is physical bullying which can include hitting, poking, pinching, shoving, punching, and destroying or stealing belongings, etc.
How The Bystanders Can Beat Bullying!
Here are some reasons how the bystanders can beat bullying
1. The bystanders could all form a group and move the the 2 fighters / agressers / Bully away from the targets/victim
2. The bystanders could leave so the there would be no audience and nothing to do it for
3. They could tell on the bully all together and make them stop.
4. Bystanders could convince the bully this is boring and no one wants to see this?
5. They could get the cops involved. Or tell there parents
Here is the story of the LIVE event, told through tweets, pictures and quotes from March 25th.
Our guest speaker was Ryan Laird. Ryan is a two-time Canadian Country Music Awards Recording Artist Nominee, song-writer and philanthropist.
As you can see from these tweets, students were excited to connect and share their projects!
We began the LIVE event with a student representative from each class introducing their classroom and their location in Canada.
Following the student introduction, our guest speaker, Ryan Laird, talked about why it is important to stand up to bullying. Ryan shared his story of being bullied in middle school by his peers. He emphasized that it is important to communicate and share your experience with others.
One of the highlights was when, Ryan sang two of his songs for us! First, was the song he wrote about his experience with bullying titled Hey Ashley. The second song was about why it is important to stand up to bullying, titled Bigger Than That.