Get your community talking about cyberbullying with help from our discussion guide

April 04, 2011
Audrey Stokes Product Manager, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, United States
CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Parents and Families

Cyberbullying is at top of mind for lots of schools and parents right now, but it can be a tough subject to tackle with your students and their families. Our discussion guides are designed to give you a place to start.

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In the classroom (or “with students”): All of the lessons within our Connected Culture unit contain teaching plans for discussing cyberbullying and related issues with students, but Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line from our middle school curriculum is especially great for this purpose. It includes a documentary-style video featuring a student who experienced cyberbullying as well as an accompanying discussion guide you can use to facilitate conversation with and among students. The lesson is written for students in grades 6-8, but we’ve heard from some elementary teachers that they’ve found it appropriate for grades 4-5 as well.

In the community (or “with parents”): Our Cyberbullying Discussion Guide includes thought-provoking questions and scenarios to get parents talking about this tricky subject. You may also want to show our Cyberbullying tip video before starting this conversation, and it’s a great idea to send parents home with our Cyberbullying tip sheet to give them some further guidance on how to broach this topic with their kids.

Have you discussed cyberbullying with the students in your classroom or their parents? If so, we’d love to hear how you started these conversations? How does this conversation come up in your classroom or communities?