Good morning everyone!
Welcome to Week 4 of our Be Internet Awesome course!
Privacy and Security Recap
During the last session, everyone completed Week 3’s Interland activity. Before we begin this week’s topic, we’ll complete a few questions about Kind Kingdom.
• What are the elements of a super strong password?
• When is it important to create strong passwords in real life? What tips have you learned
on how to do so?
• Whatʼs a hacker? Describe this characterʼs behaviors and how they affect the game.
• Did Tower of Treasure change the way you plan to protect your information in the future?
• Name one thing youʼll do differently after learning these lessons and playing the game.
• Craft three practice passwords that pass the “super strong” test.
• What are some examples of sensitive information that should be protected?
It’s Cool To Be Kind
This week’s session will cover our behaviour when we are online, what is acceptable in our interactions with other people and how to deal with inappropriate behaviour.
Unwanted, aggressive behavior that is repeated (or has the potential to be repeated)
Someone who has the power to intervene or report bad behavior but doesnʼt do anything to stop it
Someone who intervenes to stop and/or report inappropriate behavior
To create an unpleasant or hostile situation by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or
To make something louder or stronger
To help prevent an individual from accessing your profile, sending you messages, etc
Why does kindness matter?
Sometimes itʼs important to remind ourselves that behind every username and avatar thereʼs a real person with real feelings, and we should treat them that way. When bullying or other inappropriate behavior happens, most of the time there are three types of people involved.
• Thereʼs a bully, or maybe more than one.
• Thereʼs also someone being bullied—the target or victim.
• And often there are one or more people whom we call bystanders.
A bystander has the power to intervene and report inappropriate behavior but doesnʼt do anything to stop it. Your goal is to be an upstander by fighting bad behavior and standing up for kindness and positivity.
A little positivity can go a long way online. But the opposite is also true: A little negativity can spread into something big and ugly online.
Here are some ways that upstanders can help stop bullying and negative messages online:
• Set a good example.
Being a positive voice among your friends helps spread positive feelings all around.
• Be a friend.
Being consistently friendly—both online and offline—shows your classmates that theyʼre not alone, which can be especially helpful if theyʼre being bullied or just feeling sad.
• Donʼt encourage bad behavior by giving it an audience.
Donʼt “like” or respond to hurtful comments or posts. Sometimes bullies act aggressively in order to get attention, and if you and your friends donʼt encourage them, theyʼre more likely to stop.
• Donʼt pass on hurtful messages.
Instead tell the person who sent the message that you donʼt think it was funny or acceptable, and consider contacting the person who was targeted to provide support and help them get help if needed.
• Report mean, bullying behavior.
Use online reporting tools or tell your parent, teacher, friend, or sibling.
Dealing with bullying behaviour
If Iʼm the target, I can…
• Not respond
• Report—tell my parent, teacher, sibling, or friend.
And what can you do if something bad is happening and youʼre a bystander?
If Iʼm the bystander, I can…
• Find a way to be kind
• Report—tell someone who can help, like my parent or teacher.
Taking action as a bystander is what makes you an upstander.
Whether standing up for others, reporting something hurtful, or ignoring something to stop it from being amplified even more, you have a variety of strategies to choose from depending on the situation. Everyone is responsible for creating a great online experience
Turning negative to positive
Kids your age are exposed to—and produce—a wide range of content, which can include
lots of negative messages that promote bad behavior.
• Have you (or anyone you know) ever experienced a random act of kindness on the web? How did it make you feel?
• Have you (or anyone you know) seen someone be negative on the web? How did that
make you feel?
• What simple actions can we take to turn negative interactions into positive ones?
We can respond to negative emotions in constructive ways by rephrasing or reframing
unfriendly comments and becoming more aware of tone in our online communication.
In pairs, discuss each of the following comments. For each one:
• How could you have made the same or similar points in more positive and
• If one of your classmates made comments like these, how could you respond
in a way that would make the conversation more positive?
- “Lol Connor is the only one in class not going on the camping trip this weekend.”
- “Everybody wear purple tomorrow but don’t tell Lilly.”
- “Sorry I don’t think you can come to my party. It’ll cost too much money.”
- “No offense but your handwriting is embarrassing so you should probably switch groups for this project.”
- “This makes me cringe—who told her she can sing??”
- “You can only join our group if you give me the login to your account.”
- “Am I the only one who thinks Shanna looks kinda like a Smurf?”
Itʼs easy to misunderstand
Young people use different types of communication interchangeably, but messages sent via chat and text can be interpreted differently than they would in person or over the phone.
• Have you ever been misunderstood in text? For example, have you ever texted a joke and your friend thought you were being serious?
• Have you ever misunderstood someone else in a text or chat? What did you do to help clarify the communication? What could you do differently?
- Review messages
Letʼs take a look at these sample text messages:
• “Thatʼs so cool”
• “Iʼm so mad at you”
- Read messages out loud
Now, for each message, weʼre going to ask one person to read it aloud in a specific tone of voice (e.g., angry, sarcastic, friendly).
What do you notice? How might these come across to other people? How might each
“message sender” better communicate what they really mean?
It can be hard to understand how someone is really feeling when youʼre reading what they wrote or texted. Be sure you choose the right mode for your next communication—and that you donʼt read too much into things that people say to you online.
What adults can teach kids
Itʼs important to teach kindness. But itʼs just as important to model the lessons of kindness that we teach. There are plenty of examples of how bullying and harassment arenʼt just issues for kids—look at how adults can treat each other online, or in traffic jams.
Weʼve been talking about how important it is to be kind to your classmates and friends
online and off. Have you ever seen adults act negatively toward each other? Have you seen adults bullying each other? (Remember, we donʼt need to name names—letʼs just talk about the behaviors.)
Do you think some kids start bullying or making unkind comments because they see adults around them doing these things?
How you and your friends treat each other online will have a big impact on the digital world that your generation builds. Do you think your generation can build an Internet thatʼs kinder and more positive than the environments some adults have created for themselves?
A lot of adults think youʼll probably be better at this too…
Activity 2 – Interland Kind Kingdom
Vibes of all kinds are contagious—for better or for worse. In the sunniest corner of town,
cyberbullies are running amok, spreading negativity everywhere. Block and report bullies to stop their takeover and be kind to other Internauts to restore the peaceful nature of this land.
Open a web browser on your desktop or mobile device (e.g., tablet), visit g.co/Interland,
and navigate to the land called Kind Kingdom.
• What scenario in Kind Kingdom do you relate to most and why?
• Describe a time when youʼve taken action to spread kindness to others online.
• In what situation would it be appropriate to block someone online?
• In what situation would it be appropriate to report someoneʼs behavior?
• Why do you think the character in Kind Kingdom is called a cyberbully? Describe this
characterʼs qualities and how his actions affect the game.
• Does this game change the way you plan to behave toward others?
Activity 3 – Micro:Bit Mother’s Day Challenge
The Micro:Bit Educational Foundation are hosting a competition to celebrate mums and all people who look after us. For today’s final activity we want everyone to work on an entry. (You do not have to submit it to the competition if you don’t want to!) But if you do want to enter your project, you can find more details here: http://microbit.org/en/2017-02-27-carers-challenge/
How could the micro:bit help Mothers and Carers around the world have a better, easier day?
Let’s face it, Mothers and Carers all over the world are great. For 365 days a year they make sure their families are ok and have all the things they need. They are busy, ingenious people. To show appreciation for this, Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries throughout the world. On that day, people express their love for their Mothers and Carers and thank them for all the things they do. The people at the Micro:bit Foundation love the people who look after them and were thinking: how could the micro:bit make a Mother’s or Carer’s day better? As soon as we asked the question we knew who could answer it – all the amazing micro:bit inventors out there.
So, the new Micro:bit Challenge is a “Micro:bit for Mothers and Carers Challenge”. We have three challenges for you to choose from and we will be offering prizes for the best inventions. So, the Micro:bit Foundation Mother’s and Carers Challenges are:
- Challenge 1: How could you use the micro:bit to tell your Mother or Carer how much you love them and appreciate all the things they do?
- Challenge 2: How could the micro:bit make your own Mother’s or Carer’s day easier? Think about all the jobs they have to do during a day, could a micro:bit invention help them do those?
- Challenge 3: In some places in the world, for example where water or food or electricity is difficult to get, looking after your family is not an easy job. How could the micro:bit help Mothers and Carers in those places do the things they need to do? Think about people who get their water from water pumps, where electricity or the Internet is not always available so they cook on fires or rely on solar power or use mobile phones to access the Internet. How could a micro:bit invention help them?
Bonus Activity – Doctor Who Mission Hack
Can you hack a dalek and help the Doctor on his latest mission? Click here to play: http://dalekhack.microbit.org/
That’s all folks!
That’s it for today. We hope you enjoyed this morning’s session! See you at the next one on Saturday 24th March.