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Curriculum Spotlight

Cyber Bullying Awareness and Response

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. School-based bullying is a long-standing problem, yet the widespread adoption of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), in the classroom and among students, has raised concerns over cyber bullying and its impact on school climate and student well-being. Thus, in this edition of the i-SAFE Ventures Newsletter the Curriculum Spotlight features selected lesson plans that addresses this issue by educating and empowering students to effectively recognize, respond and prevent cyber bullying while contributing to a positive school culture.

Your Identity Online

Cyber bullying impacts aspects of self-concept which psychologist Carl Rogers (1959) identifies as self-image, self-esteem and the ideal self. Adolescence marks a crucial period of development for self-concept and identity during which peer feedback plays a major role. Social media is also an integral part of life for the average secondary grade-level student, but how does social media influence the formation of a person’s identity and self-concept? Students investigate the answer to this question in the unit “Your Identity Online.” They come to understand how social media shapes the formation of identity and self-concept by applying the theories of psychologists Carl Rogers and C.H. Cooper. Students then determine the safety and security issues that arise from revealing degrees of personal information online.

Lesson is located in the Social Networking module for grades 9-12.

Understanding the Cycle: A Lesson on Cyber Bullying Recognition

Cyber bullying is a cyclical pattern of behavior initiated and perpetuated through electronic means. In this interactive lesson, students in grades 6-8 closely examine a scholarly definition of cyber bullying in order to identify the roles in a cyber-bullying situation, distinguish cyber bullying from social conflict, and to determine the power of the upstander in breaking the cycle. A teacher guide, discussion narrative and printable worksheets are provided to enable a blended learning experience and for reinforcement.

Lesson is located in the Cyber Bullying module for grades 6-8.

Skooter and the Social Network

What you say and do online can have an effect on what happens in the real world—that’s the lesson that Skooter learns when, after persistent urging from his friend, he joins a popular social network. In this interactive experience, students learn to make responsible choices related to parental guidance, community guidelines, privacy, information security and digital drama. Students come to understand how online interactions can lead to in-person conflict and real-world consequences. The lesson includes a teacher guide, printable activity pages, and interactive multimedia resources.

Lesson is located in the Social Networking module for grades 3-5.

Good Buddies Work Together

When i is teased at school due to a text message shared by his friend Dash, Dot helps i to understand that even buddies make mistakes. Students in grades K-2 learn basic conflict resolution skills to prevent bullying. Primary grade-level students learn how to be a better buddy: by respectfully speaking up when something makes them feel upset, by agreeing on a solution, and by seeking guidance from caring adults. The lesson includes a teacher guide, printable activity pages, and interactive multimedia resources.

Lesson is located in the Cyber Bullying module for grades K-2.