Cyberbullying is a concern for parents, students, and teachers alike. Once kids go online, the chances that they'll encounter mean behavior are quite high. In Common Sense’s 2018 study Social Media, Social Life, more than 1 in 10 teen social media users (13 percent) reported having “ever” been cyberbullied, and nearly two-thirds (64 percent) “often” or “sometimes” reported coming across racist, sexist, homophobic, or religious-based hate content in social media.

Lessons on this topic teach students about the effects of digital drama, cyberbullying, and hate speech on both themselves and their larger communities. Students explore how individual actions—negative and...

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  • About the Author:

    Bronwyn Harris is an author, educator, and editor living in the East Bay. She is originally from Petaluma, California, and began her teaching career in 2000 in the most violent neighborhood in Oakland, California, and has since written a book about her experiences: Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom. Harris has written for Teaching Tolerance and AlterNet, among others.