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  • Cybermobbing (deliberate offending, threatening, blocking or harassing others with the aid of modern means of communication - usually over a longer period of time)
  • Sexting (exchange of self-produced intimate photos of themselves or others via internet / smartphone)
  • Posing (showing up)
  • Grooming (targeted addressing of minors over the Internet - with the aim of starting a sexual contact)
  • Happy Slapping (violence is photographed or filmed and placed on the Internet)
  • Cyberstalking (persistent persecution of a person in virtual space, often associated with insults and harassment)
  • Denigration (sending / posting of wrong or offensive statements about a person to others - usually in restricted public space)
  • Outing (public post of comments, pictures and videos that harm the reputation)
  • Flaming (entertaining, usually vulgar language in chat)
  • Exclusion (exclusion of a person from a group, among other things from their communication channels)

"Unfortunately, today I have NO PHOTO for you!" Sexting

Lisa (14) would not have thought: Phillip (15 - and really sweet) has asked quite nicely: "Hey, you are very pretty! I really would like a photo of you - in underwear? Without?"

In front of the mirror: She also looks quite well and in the photo even better! Phillip is pleased: "Thanks: - *"

Then the next day at school: Merle and Tim giggle from the neighbor class: "Haha, we've seen you naked."

And in the Whats app_Chat of the class, her picture goes already around. Even her girlfriend from another school has already called. "Your picture is on Mike's Facebook page!"

Lisa has never felt so humiliated: It is really embarrassing and now she does not like her picture anymore. But now everyone has it, and above all forever.

Do you make photos in networks more popular and famous?

Luke (14) goes to grade 8 of the Middle School in Canon City, Colorado. He used to be a big child in the elementary school, who hadn´t do much sports and had not many friends. That changed when he started to do sports regularly. He made it into the football team at his school and was proud to be part of the team. He regularly trained and documented the positive changes of his body with his mobile phone camera. He is proud of his body periodically trying new poses.

In his team, his team-mates started a challenge (formerly one called the probably courage) to choose the "sexiest body". The selection made some girls from the Chearleder group. Luke finds nothing wrong with sending his photos and the positive messages give him a good feeling. In addition, the whole team is involved.

He is completely surprised when his parents receive a letter from the Prosecutor's office, stating that they are supposed to come to a conversation with their son because their son was obviously involved in a sexting scandal.

How private can be a social media tool for intimate exchange?

Phillip (15) and Johanna (13) are a couple. They go to different schools, do not see each other daily, and flirt all the more about social networks. They send themselves pictures, with corresponding erotic texts. Both are very much in love and show their received photos to their "best friends". Now one of the girlfriends is one who would like to have Philipp as a boyfriend. She wants to annoy Johanna and sends these scenes of flirt - and not just these - to friends.

Do you know who is really online?

Lilly (14 years old) is a fan of the you-tube-star "Sexy Julia" and has created a profile of Facebook in the style of Sexy Julia. She feels unsure, certainly she will never be like her mother, and certainly not like the older sister. But she still does not know how she should present herself. In school, the teachers constantly criticize her and her friends are only interested in books. Her best friend is so childish, and she feels much older than she is.

She likes her Facebook profile really well. So she wants to be seen by everyone else. She sees Phil, who liked some of her posts. They start a private chat and talk about many topics well. He understands her really well and gives her tips on how to improve her style. He is already 16 and has a cool profile. They have their own group at WhatsApp and their "conversations" are getting more and more beautiful. Phil asks her about her feelings and is particularly interested in the feelings she does not want to share with her parents. Lilly wants to get to know her friend in real life, but does not dare to ask him about it. He would have her address already and of course the two have talked about her school and the class and, above all, the teachers. Certainly, Phil would be right for "The First Time".

When Lilly tells him that her parents are not at home during the first week of the vacations week and she does not know what to do with the time, he offers her to visit her, he would have a big surprise for her. She knows already his voice from some of the recordings he sent her. She is very looking forward to the first meeting and is very excited.

On the second holiday, Lilly is up early in the morning to style herself. She is a little annoyed because her mother works at home instead of being promised in the company. But maybe it is also nice to get to know each other slowly. At 10.00 it rings at the door.

When Lilly opens the door, she first sees a big bunch of red roses. Behind him appears the face of Hans-Peter (35). He admits to Lilly that it was just a wrong click that would have changed his age, and when they had already met each other well, he would not have had the courage to clear it up and now he would be so in love with her that he wanted to get to know her .

Lilly does not know what to say, when her mother emerges from the background and talks immediately to Hans-Peter.

Suddenly, Lilly sees how her fairytale prince become an "old man" from who only wanted to take advantage of her. She is very disappointed and a part of her world is breaking.

The mother makes a criminal complaint.

Something will be already true ....

Sabine (38) years old is the mother of 13 year old Leon. She has been thinking about the media education of her children. She also has a daughter Sophie, who is 6 years old.

Leon has been in the secondary school, a smartphone, like almost all in his class. He likes playing games, but his time is limited by a filter protection software. They have the agreement that once a month the smartphone is looked through. For Sabine it is important that she knows in which networks Leon is moving. This agreement has been upon by both parties and they are keeping to it. Leon knows that he can rely on his mother not simply forbidding the smartphone, just because there is something to be found that she does not like.

In May, Sabine finds a group called "We hate Quentin". And is very surprised what she reads there.

Direction: At this point, the audience can be asked what they think, what could be written in this WhatsApp group

Leon then tells her the story:

Quentin (12) was in the class with Liese (11). The two were a couple for 3 months. Then the girl realized that Quentin is not her great love. She wrote him a letter and told him that she no longer wanted to be with him. Quentin was very angry. He posed in the class group that Liese was nasty and that "man" should keep away from her.


Liese then founded the group "We hate Quentin". She postponed statements that Quentin had made about her girlfriends. E.g. "Jule is lesbian," and "Ida stinks, she is not washing enough". Thereupon the girlfriends quit Quentin from the other groups and block him.


Leon feels this a bit nasty. But - "if Quentin said that?" And Liese is a little tired of him, he likes her very much.

The mother Sabine discusses the topic with the class teacher of Leon. He had wondered that Quentin was so sick during the last time.

Together with the parents, the topic was discussed. Most parents are very surprised that their children have been involved in the group and become an accomplice in Cybermobbing. They would never have thought of that.

This is followed by a constructive discussion with the subject.

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