Lesson 3.4: Case Studies in Digital Citizenship


On this page, you will look deeper at online bullying and how to be part of the solution.

Why are people so rude online?

Chat with some friends and family members about why you think people often behave more rudely online than in person. What are some reasons that people believe to be the cause? You can search Youtube for videos on this topic. I think you will be surprised by how many you find.

Get Help If You Need It

You can call the B-Free Helpline at 1 888 456 2323 or go to the website if you are a target of bullying or a concerned friend.

Go to TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing  to access the case study.
  1.  Watch the video
  2. Think about your opinions
  3. Dig deeper into the topic of digital citizenship via this recent Alberta case study

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." Alvin Toffler
Your Turn

  1. Get the help you need if you are being bullied or if you are a concerned friend. You can contact a trusted adult, an ADLC counsellor, or the B-Free Alberta Helpline at 1 888 456 2323. Submit your own inspirational story and read what others have to say on Alberta's b-free.ca site.
  2. Share your story and help others struggling with digital abuse, show how you're taking action against digital abuse, and get some more information on A Thin Line, MTV's sexting, cyberbullying, and digital dating abuse campaign, or the Canadian Red Cross Stand Up 2 Bullying site.
  3. Research more examples of digital citizenship come alive, like those found above. You could use a digital curation tool to organize and share your ideas, whether on this topic or others.

Even though it may seem like those who bully have all of the power, there have been more and more stories of people standing up for themselves and others. Take a look at Lucies's Cyberbullying Story to see some examples of cyberbullying being called out. This is citizenship in action.