Combatting Cyber Violence for Women and Girls: Participating on the Web

Made by Amira Dhalla

60 - 90 minutes

In this three-part series learners focus on understanding the impact of cyber violence against women and girls, creating safer places online, knowing how to address bullying or attacks when they happen, and participating in online communities in a supportive manner. Activities will take young women and girls from understanding online violence to actively advocating against it.

Web Literacy Competencies

Participation Sharing Privacy

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the implications of online bullying and effect on victims.
  • Consider how to be an upstander instead of a bystander in a bullying situation by being compassionate to the victim and taking action against the bully.
  • Co-create possible solutions to dealing with cyber violence.

Materials

  • Post-it-notes
  • Pens and markers
  • Computer and/or screen to show internet-based video
  • A projector (optional)

Background and Preparation:

    Millions of women and girls around the world are victims of cyber violence or threat. Roughly 73% of women are abused online. For the internet to remain an open and safe place, we need to understand why and how cyber violence occurs to be able to take a more effective stand in stepping in. The third part of this module focuses on how individuals can take action and support to those being attacked online.

    If there is relevant story in the city in which you are teaching this activity, it is recommended that you share that story instead of, or with, Amanda Todd’s story. It’s important that learners understand that the story is applicable in their locations, as well as around the world.

    Given the nature of the story in the activity, you might consider sending a note to the parents/guardians of young participants describing the activity and its objectives before the event.

    Background reading and watching:

    Facilitators should review the tips on designing events for women and girls guide in order to prepare for the activity.