Trolling and cyberbullying

Trolling, an anti-social online behaviour, occurs when someone makes unsolicited comments online that are often controversial and for the purpose of getting a reaction.

Unlike cyberbullying, the ‘troll’ often doesn't care who is offended, annoyed or upset. It is important that students can recognise trolling and other forms of anti-social behaviour, including cyberbullying, so that they feel safe online.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

Learning Intention

Students examine the impact of trolling on their personal wellbeing and identify strategies to avoid participating in anti-social online behaviour.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify trolling behaviour and describe how it makes them feel
  • create personal strategies to respond to and cope with anti-social online behaviour
  • examine reasons behind inflammatory posts and identify ways to make good decisions online
  • know how to report cyberbullying.
Activity 01

Class discussion: Cyberbullying versus trolling 10 min

  1. Provide access to the articles ‘What is cyberbullying?’ and ‘How to spot a troll’.
  2. Using these articles, students draw a Venn diagram comparing trolling and cyberbullying.
  3. Ask students to draw a Venn diagram.
  4. In one circle, students write words they associate with trolling.
  5. In the second circle, students write words they associate with cyberbullying.
  6. Invite students to write words that they associate with both cyberbullying and trolling in the middle overlapping circle.
  7. Discuss the differences and similarities between trolling and cyberbullying.