Digital Rights & Responsibilities (Secondary): the privileges and freedoms extended to all digital technology users, and the behavioral expectations that come with them
Cyberbullying: Lesson Plan PDF


Part I – Introduction


Cyberbullying is the use of e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate someone. Cyberbullying is often done by users, who have increasing access to these technologies. The problem is compounded by the fact that a bully can hide behind an electronic veil, disguising his or her true identity. This makes it difficult to trace the source and encourages bullies to behave more aggressively than they might face-to-face.

Cyberbullying can include such acts as making threats, sending provocative insults or racial or ethnic slurs, gay bashing, attempting to infect the victim's computer with a virus, and flooding an e-mail inbox with nonsense messages. If you are a victim, you can deal with cyberbullying to some extent by limiting computer connection time (not being always on), not responding to threatening or defamatory messages, and never opening e-mail messages from sources you do not recognize. More active measures include the blacklisting or whitelisting of e-mail accounts, changing e-mail addresses, changing ISPs, changing cell phone accounts, and attempting to trace the source. In some cases, it may be advisable to inform the local police department or consult an attorney. It is not recommended that you retaliate in kind because such behavior can lead to civil actions or criminal charges against you.

Part II – Class/Advisory Activity

•  Video


Teen Bullying Prevention - A Cyber Bullying Suicide Story- (4:39 minutes)
How to Stop Cyberbullying PSA Video (3:55)
Cyberbullying Animated (2:37)

•  Discussion Questions


  1. What is cyberbullying?
  2. Why is cyberbullying dangerous?
  3. Who can be affected by cyberbullying?
  4. How can you prevent or stop cyberbullying?

•  Activities


#1- What is Cyberbullying

Watch : Cyberbullying PSA Video.
Class Discussion : What is cyberbulling and why is cyberbullying dangerous?
Teacher Tips : Show the cyberbullying terms PowerPoint then reflect on the students in the video. Reinforce terms that define cyberbullying. Have they ever experienced cyberbullying or have they ever participated in it? The students may not respond or admit to it, but it will make them think about the situation. Outline that cyberbullying is dangerous, not only can it hurt others, but they may become a victim.
Activity Suggestion : writing prompt #1, cyberbullying crossword , and cyberbulling flashcards or memory game.

#2- Who is affected by Cyberbullying?

Watch : YouTube video Teen Bullying Prevention.
Class Discussion: Who can be affected by cyberbullying?
Teacher Tips : Discuss that cyberbullying is universal and can impact more than the one person involved. This child committed suicide to escape the harassment, but who else suffered? His family and friends are now dealing with the effects. Outline that there is help, and it can be stopped.
Activity Suggestion: Poster activity - Think before you post and Net'smartz home interaction link- You can't take it back.

# 3- How to Stop Cyberbullying

Watch: How to Stop Cyberbullying PSA video.
Class Discussion: How can you prevent cyberbullying?
Teacher Tips: Outline the suggestions in the video. Reinforce the Stop, Block, and Tell motto. It is surprising how many students do not realize how easy it can be to stop this bullying. Students do not want to eliminate their online personality because they have spent so long creating it. They need to understand that it is better to shut down their site and create a new one. They also need to realize how important it is NOT to share personal information with "friends". Students give out their information and passwords to their friends because they think they can trust them, but soon realize that a friend today may not be a friend tomorrow. Stress how easy it is to get help, stress the importance of finding an adult to tell. Don't allow cyberbullying to get out of control.
Activity Suggestion: writing prompt 2, journal writing worksheet and hidden message puzzle - how to stop cyberbullying.

Part III – Reflection

•  Writing Prompt(s)


Prompt 1- Cyberbullying is:
Prompt 2- Two things that can stop cyberbullying:

•  Journal Writing



Your friend is being cyberbullyed by her ex-boyfriend. He is texting her and writing flaming text on her MySpace page. She is upset and depressed. She is acting strange, and you are concerned. Write a 5 to 7 sentence paragraph on what you can do to help your friend.
(See Worksheet)

You are the head of a teen cyber advice column. You read hundreds of letters a day. You have found a letter that you think needs to be shared. Read the letter; and provide advice that would be suitable for the writer's problem. (See Worksheet)

•  Other



Crossword Puzzle- Cyberbullying Terms
Hidden Message Puzzle - How to Stop Cyberbullying (Answer: Stopping Cyberbullying can be as easy as STOP, BLOCK, and TELL.)
Flashcards - Cyberbullying Flashcards or Memory Game. (View the Online Cards and complete it as a class activity.)

Part IV – Extension Activities

•  Class/Advisory – School Activities


Poster Activity - Think Before You Post Worksheet
Journal Writing - How to Help a Friend & How to Stop Cyberbullying Worksheet
Cyberbully Game - Play the NetSmartz Cyberbully Attack game

•  Home Interaction Links


You Can't Take It Back

Cyberbullying: Broken Friendship

Part V – Resources


Net Cetera - Chatting with kids about being online

YouTube Video

Putting a Stop to Cyberbullying



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