Being A Good Bystander And Pink Shirt Day

On Tuesday last week, our class and the UP class participated in an interactive presentation called “Being A Good Bystander”. This presentation was organised by Cybersmart in the context of Safer Internet Day. There were approximately four other schools that were connected at the same time as us, and the presentation was interactive because we got to contribute our thoughts about a range of cyberbullying scenarios.

The first scenario was about a young girl who went to camp and was photographed by her friends one evening as she was asleep and snoring:

That photo was not a good look!

That photo was not a good look!







After the photo was taken, it was uploaded to a social media site and at that stage of the presentation, we had some time in our Yahl group to predict what would happen… We guessed right: the photo was going to be shared by many people until it went “viral”. Lots of people also commented on it, and the comments for the most part weren’t very nice.

How would you have felt if this had happened to you?

How would you have felt if this had happened to you?









After this happened, a group of bystanders (people who had witnessed what was happening) decided that they should do something about it. They came up with the following idea:

#nobigdeal: bad selfies went viral!

#nobigdeal: bad selfies went viral!







The bystanders decided to take some “bad selfies” and started sharing them on the Internet with the hashtag “#nobigdeal”… and all of a sudden, it became cool to have bad selfies on your site!

The message from the presentation was loud and clear: if you’re a bystander to a cyberbullying situation – or any bullying situation – you can make the right choice and work actively to stop the bullying. The solutions we were shown on the day were very appealing because they came from kids, and they were very creative, and humorous.

What we hadn’t guessed was that the scenario was based on a real-life story that happened in Canada. The #nobigdeal selfies were pink shirts in real life: look at the PowToon animation below to find out more about Pink Shirt Day:

The students are really keen to incorporate the idea of the Pink Shirt in our upcoming anti-bullying day… see what happens: we might have a sea of pink shirts later this month!

Following this session, the students spent two lessons working in mixed MP/UP groups on some “Being A Good Bystander” comic strips that they planned and created on the iPads, using the app “Strip Designer”. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to show these on the blog, as our faces can’t be published!


Class Avatars

By Caitlin

This week for our class blog we had to go onto the internet to do our Avatars. There are so many different sites to go on to do your own Avatars. Doing the avatars was so much fun. You can choose your own avatars and get to customize the look of your avatar. The reason we did avatars is because we didn’t want to put our identity up on our class blog.

Here is my avatar:


I chose a lego avatar. Most people in the class chose them.










If you want to see more avatars, click on the students’ blog icons on the left hand sidebar! 🙂


Digital Footprints (Sam)

For more information about digital footprints and how to keep them positive, visit Cybersmart and CommonsenseMedia.

Article written by Sam

This week our class has been learning about digital footprints. A digital footprint is a mark and record of where you have been on the internet. For example which videos you watch, what you search, the photos you upload or the comments you make: it all leaves a mark. We have been making our own digital footprints. We first got handed out an outline of a footprint, and then we had to draw the icons of social media apps that we use (e.g. YouTube, Kik and Face time). The paper footprints represent our digital footprints, or the traces we leave behind when we go online. Then we learnt how we could make sure that the digital footprints we leave online are always positive.

Here are some more of the class’s digital footprints:


Jennieva: It teaches children how to use websites usefully, and it is a great artistic creation.


Jye’s digital footprint


Jake: it was very helpful. It is a great activity to do if you don’t know how to leave a positive footprint.



Sam’s digital footprint


Hamish: I think that a digital footprint sums up what you can and can’t do and it teaches us what we should post and how to comment on the internet.


Eliza’s digital footprint













Zoe: The digital footprints are good, it is a good way to teach other kids to be safe on the internet.


Jack: it was helpful and I learned something new.


Nikki: it was fun making the digital footprints. I also like that it is all about us.













Saige: it is very good to learn what stuff not to use and the stuff to use.


Ben’s digital footprint


Ella’s digital footprint













Holly: it is food for thought that other people could track your activity on the internet.


Estelle’s digital footprint