That's Not Cool: Healthy and Respectful Relationships Online
Level: Grades 7 to 8
About the Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
Duration: 1-2 hours
This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.
In this lesson, students begin by considering one of five scenarios that illustrate unhealthy relationship behaviours relating to digital media: pressuring others to share private content, cyberstalking, harassment and abuse of trust. Students then relate the scenarios to their own experience by brainstorming other examples of these behaviours and voting on which they feel are most relevant to their lives. The teacher then leads a guided discussion on the reasons why unhealthy behaviours may be more common when we communicate through digital media and ways in which they can be avoided or mitigated. Finally, students act out their own scenario in which they portray young people successfully dealing with one of the unhealthy relationship behaviours.
- Learn how to recognize healthy and unhealthy elements of relationships
- Consider aspects of digital communication that may lead to unhealthy relationships
- Reflect on the role of digital relationships in their lives
- Learn strategies for dealing with unhealthy online and offline relationships
- Create a media product
Home and School Connection
- Talking to Your Kids About Sexting
- Online Sexual Exploitation: Who Is At Risk?
- Talking to Your Kids About Gender Stereotypes
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version