MODULE 3 - PEOPLE’S POWER AND THE MEDIA
SESSION 5 : ONLINE CIVIC ACTIONPractical activities
ACTIVITY 1 – The table of good online habits
1 computer, PowerPoint, projection surface, video projector or whiteboard
Printed documents (optional, if no computer or whiteboard)
Ask yourself questions about which practices you should adopt online.
Encourage positive, respectful digital citizenship.
Know how to talk about and argue your opinion.
This activity consists of participants filling in a table and a list of a number of possible behaviours on the internet. Participants must choose which practices/behaviours they think are good and bad.
In addition, dialogue and argumentation are vital to this activity; students are required to justify their choice. This objective is achieved even more effectively by appointing a spokesperson for each group, which forces students to seek coordination and consensus before submitting a final answer.
Activity variation: If you do not have a computer or whiteboard, you can print out multiple copies of the best practices table and leave a number of blank squares for participants to fill in as suggestions are made.
1. Set up the room: Divide students into two or three groups and present the best practices table on the board, on the projector, or on paper.
2. Give some examples of suggestions that participants should categorise:
Reporting a hateful or violent comment on a post.
Accepting any and all friend requests.
Blocking someone on a social network.
Debating someone who spews insults in the comment section of a video.
Giving away your address or personal information.
Posting photos of your friends without asking.
Using the same password for all social media.
3. Each response should be logically argued by the groups, with a short debate being held based on the following elements: freedom of expression, moderating hateful content, conspiracy theories, or defamation (see SHEET 14 – DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP and SHEET 12 – AWARENESS AGAINST HATE SPEECH).
DOING THIS ACTIVITY ONLINE
To have participants fill in the table remotely, send it to them and give them some examples of suggestions to use to insert into the table.
Sample table of digital habits:
Good digital habits
Bad digital habits