Lesson Plan

Cyberbullying: Grades 9-12

A bully, a victim, and a bystander—far from the beginning of a joke, cyberbullying is no laughing matter. Bystander or upstander? As part of the study of cyberbullying, high schoolers first read a series of articles about cyberbullying and suggestions for ways to deal with this form of abuse. Pairs examine a series of scenarios and talk about how they might handle the situation. Groups craft and perform a skit that explores the role of the bystander in a bullying situation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils craft and display posters that illustrate anti-bullying strategies or how to act as an upstander rather than a bystander
  • Divide the class into nine groups, assign each a different background article, and have groups report their findings to the entire class
  • Laminate the scenarios to permit reuse
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires computers with internet to access the related articles
  • Carefully observe class members as they are working and report any concerns to the counseling staff
Pros
  • Includes information about how to respond to cyberbullying safely
  • Provides a comprehension quiz and its answer key
Cons
  • None