The educational thoughts of Jason Epstein
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If Phoebe was bullied to the grave, it didn't stop there. When some of her former classmates set up a memorial Internet site, it was defaced by insults and slurs. When a television crew came to the school to interview students about Phoebe, Rebecca Brouillard, a student who talked on camera about the bullying, was roughed up afterward by one of Phoebe's tormenters, her father says.
In this lesson, students share observations about the nuances of spoken and written language. They then create comic strips that comment on problems that arise in electronic-based communications, and prepare a bill of rights outlining the rights and responsibilities of the online community.
"In this lesson, students analyze the effects of devices and protocols used to communicate and create posters highlighting their findings. They then write response papers exploring the future of these social networking methods."
Students, tell us what you think about the Phoebe Prince case and about your experiences with bullying. Why do you think students bully others? How can bullying be lessened or stopped? What, if anything, can teachers do? Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied other kids? What is the climate like at your school – are students harassed and taunted? What can you do when you see another student being bullied?