Lesson Plan

Dealing with the Social Pressures that Promote Online Cruelty

This Dealing with the Social Pressures that Promote Online Cruelty lesson plan also includes:

Why do people engage in cyberbullying? What can be done about it? These are the questions middle schoolers consider in a very timely lesson. Participants view PSA announcements, read a case study, and participate in scenarios designed to create awareness and empathy for those who experience online cruelty. Class members then generate a "Class Code of Ethics," with actions they could take to combat cyberbullying.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Watch for class members who appear to be distressed and offer support as appropriate
  • Conduct the lesson during October's National Bullying Prevention Month
  • Print the scenarios on card stock and laminate to permit reuse
Classroom Considerations
  • Second of three lessons in a cyberbullying unit
  • Requires projection equipment for the video clips
Pros
  • The resource includes a list of strategies for addressing online social aggression
Cons
  • None