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Cyberbullying Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students know what cyberbullying is? A Study.com text lesson helps explain what cyberbullying is and how to prevent it, while an in class activity drives home key facts about cyberbullying.

Learning Objectives:

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define cyberbullying
  • cite examples of cyberbullying
  • isolate preventive measures for cyberbullying

Length

1 hour

Materials

  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Old magazines

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Instructions

  • Begin by asking students to define cyberbullying. Write their suggestions on the board.
  • Now have students read the introduction and What is Cyberbullying sections of the Study.com text lesson What is Cyberbullying? - Facts & Statistics.
  • Did the student-provided definitions match up with what was stated in the text lesson regarding cyberbullying? Discuss this as a class, filling in any blanks along the way.
  • Now ask students to raise their hands if they, or someone they know, has been the victim of cyberbullying. Count the number of hands raised and write it on the board.
  • Next, have students read the Facts About Cyberbullying and Statistics about Cyberbullying sections of the text lesson.
  • For those who have been or know someone who has been victimized by cyberbullying, does the information provided in the text lesson support their individual experiences? Why or why not?
  • Now have the class read the rest of the text lesson.

Discussion Questions

To further understanding, discuss:

  • Why is cyberbullying so easy?
  • What can we do to avoid being the victim of cyberbullying?

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