Haters and Trolls What's the difference between teasing, harassing, cyberbullying, and trolling online?

Do you know the difference between Teasing, Harassing, Trolling, and Cyberbulling?

What ideas from the video stand out to you the most?

What information from the video do you disagree with our doubt?

Take a look at the InfoGraphic below - What shocks you the most?

Delaney, J. (2016). Opinion: Online trolls are ruining social-media marketing. MarketWatch.com; Accessed August 31, 2017. Retrieved from: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/online-trolls-are-ruining-social-media-marketing-2016-07-13

Do you agree with the survey results in the image above? What do you most agree with? What do you most disagree with?

Watch the video below. Discuss the questions that follow.

"Disinhibition" means the opposite of feeling held back or constrained by something. When you're "disinhibited," you feel more free or able to do something. What does Alice Marwick mean when she says people can feel "disinhibited" online?

Do you think that trolling is a reflection of our society? What can we stand to learn from trolls?

In another TEDx Talk presentation, Whitney Phillips points out that trolls and news outlets are similar: They both stir up controversy and exploit tragedy for personal gain. For news outlets, that means making money off tragic news stories and sparking debate. For trolls, it's personal "lolz" or laughs. What do you think about this comparison?

Andy Sellars says, "Anytime you give anyone the ability to speak, there's always a chance that they can abuse that ability." How do you determine when someone is abusing that ability? Is the right to abuse part of having the right of freedom of speech?

A common topic of debate is: Can the Internet facilitate people acting more cruelly online than they would offline? Or has cruel behavior always existed offline, with the Internet only making it more visible?

How do you monitor your own online behavior? What kind of internal compass guides your actions? When or how does it get difficult to self-regulate?

"For anonymous users, there are no repercussions for bad behavior..... the verbal abuse that trolls engage in—however brief—can cause psychological harm to both the intended victim and any silent viewers and third-party onlookers who might see it." - Pam Ramsden, Newsweek. 28 Feb 2017.

Consider the video below. Share your reaction with your peers.

Why might people turn to social-networking sites to mourn the loss of a friend, family member, or community member? How might public grieving online help people through a tough time such as this?

Put yourself in the shoes of someone trolling a memorial page. What are your motives? What are you hoping will happen after you post something insensitive or offensive?

People may feel that it's easier to say or do things online than in person. In what ways might this be a good thing? In what ways might this be a bad thing?

There's a common saying online: "Don't feed the trolls" (meaning don't react to trolls, because that's what they want). Do you think people should ignore and report trolls on memorial pages? If people don't, what might happen?

Have you ever read a social-networking site's statement of rights and responsibilities? If so, what do you remember about it? If not, what do you think it addresses? (Then go check one out!)

Facebook mentioned "self-regulating" in its statement to ABC News, and then it talked about the tools and resources it gives users. What do you think about this? What would social networks be like if users didn't get to regulate content?

So, the big questions:

Should Trolling, Cyberbullying, and other online behaviors be protected by Free Speech laws?

Should Google, Facebook, Instagram, Apple, etc... have the right to limit what an individual says or does while online?

Created By
Seth Slater


Created with images by tookapic - "work desk computer" • niekverlaan - "silhouette woman dark" • slon_dot_pics - "office people situation" • LoboStudioHamburg - "twitter facebook together" • Anemone123 - "desperate sad depressed". Haters and Trolls. (2016). Common Sense Digital Bytes. Accessed August 28, 2017. Retrieved from: http://digitalbytes.commonsensemedia.org/

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