In the course of the activities in this lesson, students will develop rules of online conduct. These rules can be grouped under a term such as “(N)ethics” or “Golden Rules.” They share the goal of avoiding, dealing with and speaking out against cyberbullying.
Blogs: A blog (which comes from the term “Web log” or “weblog”) is a Web application which contains posts like a diary or journal entry. Typically the most recent postings appear at the top of a blog. Some blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to post responses.
Chat Rooms: A chat room is an Internet environment where you can use text to have live, real-time conversations with many people at the same time. Some chat rooms use text-based conversation threads, while others create environments where visitors can represent themselves using avatars (or characters).
Instant Messaging: Instant messaging (IM) is a form of Internet communications that lets you talk in real time to individuals or groups of people. Users create contact lists of friends to chat with and can block people they don't know or don't want to communicate with.
Social Networking: A social networking site allows users to create a profile that introduces them to other members of the site. Profiles usually contain information about hobbies, photos, and short blog-like posts.
Text Messaging: Text messaging (also known as SMS for short message system) refers to messages sent through cell phones. It's called short message system because cell phone screens are so small they can only display a limited amount of words. Canadian teens have embraced text messaging. Forty-nine percent of 16-24-year-olds use text messaging on a weekly basis. (Source: Ericsson Canada, 2004)
Web Site: A hypertext (HTML) document or a set of linked documents (sometimes called "Web pages") usually associated with a particular person, organization, or topic. The pages are stored or “hosted” on a computer can be accessed on the World Wide Web through "Web browsers" such as Explorer, Netscape and Firefox.