Modern classic: Students from St Joseph’s College Woodburn act out a revamped version of Sleeping Beauty to raise awareness about cyber-bullying at Lismore Workers Club yesterday.
Modern classic: Students from St Joseph’s College Woodburn act out a revamped version of Sleeping Beauty to raise awareness about cyber-bullying at Lismore Workers Club yesterday. Jerad Williams

Students highlight cyber-bullying

SLEEPING BEAUTY was revamped by students of St Joseph’s College Woodburn yesterday to raise awareness of cyber-bullying.

The students, from Year 4 to 6, presented a modernised version of the fairytale called SleepingBeauty.com to students from St Carthage’s and Our Lady Help of Christians primary schools at the Lismore Workers Club.

St Joseph’s Creative and Performing Arts teacher Anne Lowrey said she chose the fairytale format to help keep the subject light.

“We chose fairytale scaffolding because it was light, frivolous and fun and it could still get the message across,” Mrs Lowrey said.

Cyber-bullying is when internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies are used to hurt, threaten or embarrass.

Mrs Lowrey said cyber-bullying was becoming more prevalent because the bullies often thought they were less likely to get caught than they were through face-to-face bullying.

In SleepingBeauty.com, Princess Beatrice’s parents develop an interactive computer game that makes them rich.

A computer programmer, who they decide not to employ, exacts his revenge by contacting the princess through Facebook, while pretending to be someone else.

He convinces the princess that her friends at school don’t like her and lures her into playing an interactive computer game to regain their friendship.

Everyone lives happily ever after though, thanks to learning how to use the internet and social networking sites appropriately.

Mrs Lowrey said most children would have some experience of cyber-bullying.

“When we started to workshop it with the kids we realised it was already something they were concerned about,” she said.

“And a lot of them had experience of cyber-bullying either directly or indirectly through friends and older siblings.”



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