Shakespeare & Facebook “Much ADo About Nothing” CyberBullying Page

One of the biggest playwrights of all time, yes that’s right William Shakespeare, is now being used along with a re-enactment of “Much Ado About Nothing” on Facebook to combat Cyberbullying. Mashable reported that “Weekly Reader” have joined forces with the Ophelia Project and White Plain’s High School to bring the play to the social networking site from April 26 to April 28.

The idea using a special set up page including posts, videos and images along with sub-pages of all the characters, is hoped to engage with users for educational purposes and as a way to prevent cyberbullying. How you may be wondering will this work?

Although in plays, we associate Shakespeare’s characters with a certain dress sense and language, the new Much Ado About Nothing play will use modern day clothing along with everyday issues and dialogue to talk about how people can and are being abused over the internet.

The issue of cyberbullying has for some time been prevalent but in recent months more campaigns including words from President Barack Obama and the First Lady have been at the forefront.

The new play sees two couples fighting it out due to vicious gossip and as Mashable stated ill will which stems from the spread of false information. This in itself can then lead to problems in an everyday setting. The play with different screen shots will be put onto a Tumblr blog for teachers and students to use within the classroom setting.

Let us know whether this is a good way of getting the cyberbullying point across?