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  • Internet threats can be extreme; Rights: WDR

The bullies, the bullied and the others

First of all, the lesson will deal with whether victims of bullying are to blame when they are harassed. For this purpose, a fictitious case is presented in worksheet 3, which could probably occur in any school. It is first presented by the teacher with the request to comment on the incident. The students' answers can be collected and systematized on the blackboard. Four opinions are given on the worksheet, to which the students' answers can be assigned. The young people should now come together in groups and spend about ten minutes finding arguments for each of these opinions. They can also take a point of view that does not necessarily correspond to their own point of view.

Following the group work, the arguments are presented in the form of a "talk show". To do this, each group sends a group speaker to the front, where a moderator is already waiting. Since this role requires reflected behavior, it can also be taken on by the teacher. The moderator ask each group to present their arguments and then to comment on the arguments of the others. The aim is to make it clear that "the media" are used as tools, that is, they do not act independently, but that there is always the willingness of others to annoy, expose or exclude someone. The listening students can ask questions as an audience. At the end of the "talk show" the result of the discussion is recorded. The young people can vote which group was most convincing with their arguments.

Worksheet 4 also takes up a situation that is typical in many classes. This time the students are asked to put themselves in the shoes of those who neither actively bully nor are bullied - the so-called bystander. Two uninvolved young people comment on a familiar bullying situation in the class. The pupils should continue this conversation and take the perspective of one of the young people. The aim is to think through all the positions represented and to imagine what the learning atmosphere in the class would be like if everyone followed this position. The students are then asked to rate the respective positions with an adjective. Is it brave to face the bully or is it risky?