Cyberbullying Toolkit: Educate Kids to be Upstanders

The Internet is a revolutionary platform for accessing and sharing information.  It has the power to transform our world, within and without education.  However, the ills that plague society offline are often amplified online.  The hosts of this session discuss bullying, cyberbullying, how they can be prevented, what to do when they occur, and Common Sense Media’s Cyberbullying Toolkit.   the purpose of Common Sense Media’s Cyberbullying Toolkit and how it can help teachers, parents, and students behave online in constructive, respectful ways.

  • Host- Kathy Espinoza, Ergonomist and Conference speaker, Keenan Solutions

  • Host- Kelly Mendoza, Professional Development Coordinator, Common Sense Media

Discussion Points

1.  What is bullying?

Repeated aggression targeted at a person.  It occurs in a variety of forms.

2.  Where does cyberbullying occur?

Cyberbullying occurs on any platform where people congregate on the web.

3.  How big of a problem is cyberbullying?

A third of 10-18 year olds have reported to have been cyberbullied and many teens believe bullying online is a bigger problem than “real-life” bullying.  Only 1 out of 10 kids will alert an adult if they are cyberbullied because they feel that will make the problem worse.

4.  Is cyberbullying a problem in elementary school?

Yes, online participation, even when against terms of service, is increasingly prevalent among younger children.  Even in highly controlled environments, bullying can occur.  

5.  What does cyberbullying look like in middle school?

Because of the inherent characteristics of adolescents, cyberbullying escalates in the middle grades in various forms.  Middle graders need to be armed with ways to protect themselves (i.e. passwords) and guidance about what should be shared.

6.  How does high school cyberbullying typically differ from the elementary and middle grades?

Cyberbullying often centers around school hierarchy, conformity, peer groups, and impulsive behavior.  

7.  How is cyberbullying different that face-to-face bullying?

It is anonymous, careless, public, persistent, permanent, and inescapable.

8.  What attributes do bullies typically have?

Bullies typically desire power, control, higher social status.  They perceive things negatively, have problems resolving issues, lack empathy,  etc.  It is important for kids who are not bullied to stand up for the bullied when they witness it.

9.   Who are targeted by bullies and what are the effects?

Shy and kids who are seen as different are often the victims of bullies.  Bullying hurts in emotional and physicals ways.  Educators should look for outward changes in students’ behavior.  

10.  How can Common Sense Media help?

Common Sense Media’s Cyberbullying Toolktit’s free resources include  low and high tech, research-based curriculum, lessons, videos, etc.  These resources can be used with students in the classroom to teach appropriate online behavior to prevent cyberbullying and response to cyberbullying when it occurs.  Parents can also find resources.  

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