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.
Students examine the impact of trolling on their personal wellbeing and identify strategies to avoid participating in anti-social online behaviour.
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.
Class discussion: Cyberbullying versus trolling
- Provide access to the ReachOut.com articles ‘What is cyberbullying?’ and ‘How to spot a troll’.
- Using these articles, students draw a Venn diagram comparing trolling and cyberbullying.
- Ask students to draw a Venn diagram.
- In one circle, students write words they associate with trolling.
- In the second circle, students write words they associate with cyberbullying.
- Invite students to write words that they associate with both cyberbullying and trolling in the middle overlapping circle.
- Discuss the differences and similarities between trolling and cyberbullying.
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