“Let’s Stop Bullying” – the student voice!

Earlier on this year it was National Action Day against Bullying and Violence

In ICT, Year 7 students were to watch a couple of pertinent videos and discuss bullying. However, based on past experience, only a few students will speak up and the majority will usually remain silent. It was decided to book a virtual classroom in blackboard collaborate where each student could (and did) use the backchannel and the whiteboard to share their experiences, feelings and question. The following questions were posed:

  • What is bullying?
  • What does bullying look like?
  • Where does bullying occur?
  • How does bullying feel?
  • Do you feel safe at school?
  • How can we make school safe?
  • What can you do if you are being bullied
What does a bully look like?

What does a bully look like?

Where does bullying occur?

Where does bullying occur?

How does bullying feel?

How does bullying feel?

At the conclusion of the virtual discussion, the girls approached me and wanted to create a video on “Bullying is not good”. Within a short period of time, the girls, using the discussion pointers and outcomes, put together a movie using MS MovieMaker. This video was later shared the year 9/10 girls health class.

A month or so later, I was alerted to a tweet by Gail Desler, an early online colleague of mine.

Gail Desler and Natalie Bernasconi co-curate the Digi-ID challenge. It was decided to participate in this opportunity and the deadline was extended for a few days so we could be involved. The year 7 girls modified their movie so their faces were no longer showing. Students in Girls Health subject were also encouraged to contribute to this Digi Citizenship project in a short, tight time frame. Below are the final results – 2 interesting videos against bullying, from student perspectives.

Why this worked well?

  • giving every student a voice in a backchannel and on an interactive whiteboard
  • having an authentic project to get involved in.

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