This is a complete lesson pack with a selection of exercises that takes 120 minutes in total. The aim of this lesson is for the pupils to reflect on how the media landscape affects our relationships. If you prefer you can pick the exercises you think suits your group of pupils by using the filter function on the website’s start page.
This section contains the following exercises:
Certain behaviour on the Internet is criminal and can therefore be reported to the police. Other behaviour may be offensive but not illegal. It is not always clear where the boundaries lie for what is legal and what is illegal. What can you actually do online without it being a crime? The aim of the exercise it to examine and learn more about the legal limits and which laws apply.
Start the exercise by letting the entire group participate in the first part of the No hate podcast series on Internet law (only available in Swedish): “What is net hate?” In the podcast law professor, Mårten Schultz and lawyer, Tove Lindgren, clarify the concept of net hate. The podcast is 12 minutes long and in Swedish.
Summary of the podcast:
In the podcast net hate and how the term is used is discussed. The people in the podcast also discuss where the boundaries lie for what is legal and what is illegal. A lot of what is termed net hate is actually not illegal, just unpleasant. Freedom of speech in Sweden is comprehensive, however, it does have limits. You cannot threaten anyone, for example.
Examples of follow-up questions:
Let the pupils Google the following terms and discuss them:
Close with a discussion involving the whole group. What did the groups come up with?
In late 2012 two high schools were temporarily closed in Gothenburg. This was because of enraged crowds outside the schools. The crowds were mainly made up of youths who were angry because of offensive pictures that were published on Instagram. The aim of the exercise is to reflect on Internet bullying and to think about how you yourself should act.
Continue the exercise by splitting into smaller groups. Let each group examine and get more in-depth knowledge on the following:
One of your classmates is made fun of on Instagram with pictures and comments. It says that he takes drugs and is sleeping with several different people. Everyone in class has seen it and know who from the class has posted it.
What would you do when you see the post?
Think about whether any of the factors below would change your reaction and the way you behave:
Present your findings and discuss the similarities and differences. Discuss and try to come to common viewpoint:
The basic attitude in our society is openness as regards the possibility of identifying ourselves. Whether it is about introducing yourself by name, showing your face or signing an article you have written. There are, however, situations where anonymity is acceptable. It is just a question of when. The aim of this exercise is to problematize anonymity and place it in relation to democracy.
Below are some examples of individuals in different roles that made themselves anonymous by hiding their faces. When do you think it is okay to hide your face? Write yes, maybe or no after each option.
Present your results to each other in small groups. Discuss similarities and differences
Present the result to the rest of the class and argue your viewpoint. Proceed with the joint discussion and answer the following questions:
There are those who write things online that they would never say to a person face-to-face. Why is it easier to make negative statements, even hate speech, on the Internet than in real life? The aim of the exercise is to discuss and reflect on Internet behaviour.