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Alan Ellis

My Online Life Y6 - Lesson 1

Grades: 6th Grade, 8th Grade, 7th Grade
Subjects: STEAM, Computer Science, Digital Citizenship

Student Instructions

Tap add Let's explore gender and stereotyping online. Page 1: You must add selfies. photo You must add your name. label Format the text Page 2: Read your Secret Task Sheet by scanning the QR code. Can you create a gender-based avert for a toy robot dog? label Start by designing and drawing the robot dog. drawing Page 3: What are the six common causes for children to get upset online? label mic Page 4: How can you get help with your online worries? label mic Share your work check

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In this activity, the children will explore gender stereotyping online. They will create an outline for a toy robot based on one of three briefs. Split the children into groups of 3 and assign them one of the Secret Task Sheets. Collaboratively they can create their gender-based avert on page 2. Questions to support discussion on how stereotypes influence your online choices: What is a stereotype? How can stereotypes be helpful?  How can they be unhelpful? How are these reinforced online? (Why?) How are they broken or challenged online? Why might someone challenge stereotypes online? Do you think there is enough choice online that isn’t driven by gender, race, ethnicity, ability, etc.? E.g. in emojis, game avatars, app/game design etc  What should change online to make games/apps, etc, more inclusive? Watch the video and have the children work through page 3 and 4. The best and worst of Online Life. https://www.bbc.com/ownit/its-personal/mean-comments-film What can you do if something makes you feel sad, embarrassed or upset online? Who can help you if something ever worries or upsets you online? What are the different ways you can get help and support online? What can you do if the first person you ask can’t help you?  Why might a child not object to something that makes them feel sad (etc)?  Why might a child not feel upset at the time? What are the barriers to reporting, online and offline?  E.g. wanting to belong, and therefore willing to put up with things I don’t like.  How can a child respond when everyone around them says it’s OK and they could be ridiculed or blamed for speaking out? What can a child do if they try to report and it doesn’t work?