Internet Safety and Cyberbullying

How do educators keep kids safe on the internet?  How can we help create an environment free from threat and cyberbullying attacks so that our children can come to school without fear?  Here you will find multiple lessons that are meant to teach middle school children how to stay safe when using the internet and how to prevent and combat cyberbullying.

For Teachers

Below is a Prezi for use with students as an introduction to this mini-unit of study.

The above lesson plan is from the site Common Sense Media.  This site contains a wealth of resources including lessons, images, and videos.  For this particular lesson, students use videos and case studies to determine what it means to "cross the line".  In other words, when does something playful become bullying?  

From the website: "When does inappropriate online behavior cross the line to cyberbullying, and what can you do about it?

Students learn to distinguish good-natured teasing from cyberbullying. Students learn about serious forms of cyberbullying."

This next lesson plan is also from Common Sense Media.  After students have learned what cyberbullying is, now it's time for them to figure out what to do about it.  This lesson promotes the concept of being an "upstander" instead of a passive bystander.

From the website: "How do you judge the intentions and impact of people’s words and actions online?

Students learn about the difference between being a passive bystander versus a brave upstander in cyberbullying situations."

This packet contains all student materials for the lessons from Common Sense Media.

This is a Google Doc for students to use during each lesson.  The doc contains the objectives, agenda for each lesson, and links to resources.

Video Resources

The videos below can be useful in conjunction with the lesson plans from Common Sense Media.

Useful Posters for the Classroom

For a variety of grade levels from Common Sense Media

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