The Character Education Partnership encourages educators to check out Common Sense Media’s Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit for schools. The toolkit contains a comprehensive suite of lesson plans, activities, and videos for K-12 classrooms as well as parent education materials to ensure your whole community knows how to stand up to cyberbullying.
The Common Sense lessons focus on teaching students to think critically about their online interactions so they can identify bullying behavior and empowering them with the skills they need to be an “upstander” when they see bullying taking place.
In this way, students learn to apply character education principles to their digital interactions; they judge what is right and wrong in potentially abusive situations, challenge themselves to consider what they can do to stop wrong behavior and elevate right behavior, and act on that judgment.
The skills emphasized in the Common Sense curriculum apply across all technology platforms, and indeed, extend offline as well.
The cyberbullying package includes:
- Video-rich, interactive lesson plans for classrooms and out-of-school settings
- Complete parent engagement kits with a short presentation, video, tip sheet, and discussion guide to foster dialogue with parents
- Alignment to ELA Common Core and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NETS for students standards
- Links to additional anti-cyberbullying resources across the web for educators, parents, and kids
These resources make it easy for your school to address cyberbullying and your school climate will benefit from your efforts. Access the completely free tools you need at www.commonsense.org/cyberbullying-toolkit.