Here at Collage Arts, we worked with a workshop facilitator over 3 days, experimenting and exploring ways to raise awareness of and combat online discrimination. In the workshops we produced images based on the JOHARIS WINDOW tool and each member of the group produced some images for each quadrant saying something about themselves.
In the workshops, we also had to try to find a way of neutralising discrimination whenever it was encountered online in social media threads. We came up with the following (and put it up on Urban Dictionary).
BARMY: Be A Role Model Yourself http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=BARMY
WAHAE: We are human and equal. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=wahae
They also look great on t-shirts!
A final debrief group was made up of members of all the groups. There were some great contributions and insightful comments. They were asking where the line is between bullying and discrimination, a good discussion emanated from this. The line ‘Please don’t talk to me like that’ was considered to be a pearl and suggestions made were that it could be used as the overarching challenge online and used in a song.
A couple of comments from the support peer tutors
DL – “I personally found the sessions to be very intriguing and the subject matter of cyber bullying and the use of social media to be an issue that needs to be raised.
I led the all boys ICUD sessions and while there was an overall laddish atmosphere, I found the boys to be fearless in their disclosure of personal experiences and opinions on the subjects presented.
I think if we added more interactive activities it would really keep them engaged. I think one activity we could do is to use the push/pull images and remove the labels on them and get them to label them themselves.
I believe ICUD has huge potential and is a hugely important process in tackling behaviour.
RP – “The Johari window was a new term that I hadn’t come across and ICUD explained how it shows personal awareness well. I thought it was interesting learning about how people perceive themselves, as well as what others thought of them. It is a good practice for people to show how much of themselves they reveal online and to highlight the importance of protecting your information both offline and online.”