Unwanted occurrences

Unwanted occurrences

Introduction

Unwanted occurrences

Mobiles, websites and apps make it easy for us to stay in touch with our friends and family. Funny and weird situations can be shared, questions can be answered by known or unknown people, anonymous or not. But what about when the pictures you send to your boyfriend or girlfriend show up on other people’s mobiles instead? How should you react when someone uses information about you in a way you hadn’t anticipated or been asked about? What do you do when a picture of your friend gets plenty of comments about how ugly she is?

Did you know...?

  • Facts

      • Cyberbullying
      • Digital violations
      • Hate speech
      • Blackmail, revenge porn and creep shots
      • Talk to someone!
      • Get rid of it! Get help!
      • How to counteract unwanted occurrences?
      • Fake dating profiles online
      • Ung.no

    Practical examples

    • Large numbers of young people experience digital violence in relationships
    • “Jesus Christ! She’s a girl!”
    • Jealous ex-boyfriend took revenge
    • Contact information gone astray
    • - I can't take it any more
    • Featured on a porn site
    • Police warning - naked pictures of girls being shared online
    • Pupils filmed fighting
    • Explosion in blackmail
    • Muslim hate speech flourishes online

Exercises

Discussion

  1. Many examples of bullying or other unwanted occurrences with serious consequences can be found in Norwegian and foreign online newspapers. In some cases it may have started out relatively innocuously. - Find examples of unwanted occurrences online in the media. - What happened in the different cases and what action was taken?
  2. Divide into groups and discuss how you want to behave towards each other online. - Can you come up with a definition of bullying? - Should you tolerate more in digital media than elsewhere? - And is there any reason for why you should be able to behave differently online than elsewhere? Why/why not? - Where is the boundary between freedom of speech and violations? - Can you agree on this in the class? - Are you aware of any examples of hidden bullying? - Discuss what actions can be taken to prevent unwanted occurrences online or to reduce cyber bullying. - Ask the student council to take up the issue so that everyone at school shares a common position and follows the same rules.
  3. Some schools have chosen to solve the challenges associated with unwanted online occurrences by prohibiting the use of mobile phones and tablets during school hours. - What do you think? What are the advantages/disadvantages of this? - What other options are available to schools? - Could such a ban have negative consequences that the school management might not have foreseen? - How should schools potentially deal with this otherwise?

Exercises

Individual exercises

  1. Some people claim that digital tools have made it easier to destroy, harass or bully others. - What do you think? - Are there things you could have done and said online, that you would never have done to someone else? If so, what? - What can YOU do you avoid or counteract unwanted occurrences online?
  2. Think back to all the messages and images you have sent and received. - Could any of these have insulted others and if so, how? - Have you seen cases online where you think that someone has crossed the line in the way they have treated another person (by making comments, posting pictures, etc.)? - Did you do anything about it? Why/why not? If so, what? - What can you do you avoid or counteract unwanted digital occurrences? - Have you ever experienced anything unpleasant via digital tools? What did you do to resolve the situation? What might you have done different?

Videos

Nico and Thea

Nico and Thea

What happened to Maria?

What happened to Maria?

This film is made by Dallas film for Dubestemmer.no.

Marius

Marius

This video is made by students at Elvebakken.

Legislation

Legislation

The Norwegian Education Act - the right to a good school environment

According to the Norwegian Education Act, all pupils have the right to a good physical and psychosocial environment that promotes health, well-being and learning. This means that the school is responsible for ensuring that all pupils are safe when at school and that they are not subjected to either physical or psychological bullying (see Chapter 9a).

Unwanted occurrences

Mobiles, websites and apps make it easy for us to stay in touch with our friends and family. Funny and weird situations can be shared, questions can be answered by known or unknown people, anonymous or not. But what about when the pictures you send to your boyfriend or girlfriend show up on other people’s mobiles instead? How should you react when someone uses information about you in a way you hadn’t anticipated or been asked about? What do you do when a picture of your friend gets plenty of comments about how ugly she is?