How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects
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Lesson plans for creating a culture of inclusion and kindness

Digital Citizenship Pledge (Gr. 3–5): How do you create a positive online community? Students will establish group norms to create a positive online community that promotes responsible and respectful digital behavior within their classrooms.

Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding (Gr. 6–8): 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.

Breaking Down Hate Speech (Gr. 9–12): How can you create a community culture in which hate speech is unacceptable, both online and offline? Students learn the definition of hate speech and understand how it affects individuals, groups, and communities.

 [Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Common Sense Education.]

About the Author:

Erin Wilkey Oh’s work has focused on supporting K-12 students and teachers for over a decade. As executive editor of education content for Common Sense, she provides teachers with practical tips and strategies for using classroom technology, and helps students use media productively to become critical thinkers and creators. Prior to her work with Common Sense, Wilkey Oh taught English at a public high school in Kansas City and evening classes to adult English learners. Her time as a National Writing Project teacher consultant nurtured her passion for student digital creation and media literacy.