2. Prevent future incidents.
Stop cyberbullying before it happens by tackling the subject head-on. Focus on helping students create positive online communities; learn to identify, respond to, and limit the negative impact of cyberbullying; and recognize their own role in escalating or de-escalating online cruelty. Try these lessons from Common Sense Education to get started:
• For grades K–5: Screen Out the Mean, The Power of Words, Super Digital Citizen, What’s Cyberbullying?
• For grades 6–8: Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding, The Reality of Digital Drama, Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line
• For grades 9–12: Turn Down the Dial on Cyberbullying, Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying, Becoming a Web Celeb
3. Empower students to be “upstanders.”
“Upstanders” are those who aren’t directly involved in a cyberbullying incident but who step in to help anyway. They empathize with the targets of cyberbullying and do something about it. As teachers, it’s important to aid students in thinking about the important role they can play when it comes to cyberbullying and digital drama. Assist your students in becoming upstanders with these resources:
• Grades K–5: Help young students learn how to be safe, responsible, and respectful online and offline with the Pause & Think video and free classroom poster.
• Grades 6–12: Let students explore how to recognize and respond to cyberbullying with this free downloadable tip sheet for middle and high school students (also available in Spanish).
4. Get parents involved.
We know that for parents and caregivers, cyberbullying and digital drama can be both confusing and worrying. Help families start thinking about these topics by exploring Common Sense Education’s printable Family Tips on cyberbullying. You can also share articles, videos, and Q&As in a classroom newsletter, on your school’s website or social feed, or at your next parent event.
[Editor’s note: A version of this article was originally published on Teaching Channel.]
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