Thank you for participating in the Later Haters challenge in an effort to address cyberbullying and spread positivity online. This lesson, created by Common Sense Education, will focus on diving deeper into the issue and dangers of cyberbullying and offer specific actions we can take to stop the hate and spread the love.  

Directions for students

That moment when your friend posts a selfie and you're just not loving his new look. Do you "like" it anyway? What about when he asks you what you think? How honest should you be?

Thorny situations like these can be tough to deal with. Depending on how you respond, his feelingsㅡand your friendshipㅡcould be hurt. And since it's online, it could easily lead to something more serious, like digital drama or cyberbullying.

But it doesn't have to go there. If you think before you post and empathize with others, it's actually a chance to promote positive conversation and outshine the online haters. In this lesson, you'll see some examples of thorny situations and learn ways to respond that show empathy and spread positive vibes. Let's get started!

Use the student handout below to take notes, answer questions, and brainstorm as you go through the lesson.

 Student Handout

Lesson Steps

Consider

Comments on social media can sometimes create thorny situations, or lead to digital drama. Watch the video the below and consider the reflection questions as you watch: 

  • How does social media sometimes lead to digital drama?
  • What are some strategies you can use to avoid digital drama?
     

Watch: "Teen Voices: Dealing with Digital Drama" | 4 mins.

After watching, capture your response in Part 1 of the student handout.

Explore

Review the resources below. As you review them, track what each says about thorny situations and how to respond to them. Capture your notes in Part 2 of the student handout. 

Resource 1
Watch: "Bystander Revolution: Bella | Facebook Story" | 2 mins.

Resource 2
Read: "It's Not Cyberbullying, But ... " | 5 mins.

Resource 3
Watch: "A Sincere Compliment" | 2 mins.

Quiz

Go to Part 3 of the student handout and complete the Lesson Quiz.

Pledge

Go to https://later-haters.att.com/ and make a pledge to "Stop the Hate, Spread the Love."

Create

Create a public service announcement (PSA). Use your smartphone to record a horizontal video about how to address a thorny situation to drown out online haters. Share via social media (i.e. Snapchat, Twitter, or any of your favorite apps) using the hashtag #laterhaters.

PSA steps
1. Check out these online resources for current facts and statistics on cyberbullying:
      • A majority of teens have experienced some form of cyberbullying (Pew Research, 2018)
      • Cyberbullying Facts (Stopbullying.gov, 2017)
      • School Bullying Rates Increase by 35% from 2016 to 2019 (CRC, 2019)

2. Use the questions in Part 3 of the student handout to brainstorm ideas for your PSA.

3. Record your PSA and make sure to include:
      • A concise definition of thorny situations and an example
      • One or two short pieces of advice for responding with empathy and positivity
      • A call-to-action statement driving teens to the Later Haters website to take the online pledge.

*For DECA students only: follow PSA instructions from the student toolkit located on the DECA Challenge website.