Standing Up, Not Standing By:
An Anti-Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators
Each occurrence of cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school's culture and community. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say? What can you do today that will help your students avoid this pitfall of our digital world?
Even with the best, most proactive intentions to reduce the risks associated with cyberbullying, there will always be times where something does occur. Understanding how to deal with the aftermath is just as important as understanding how to lay a preventive foundation.
Changing the culture of how we prevent and respond to cyberbullying can lead to powerful effects in the larger community. That is why we have partnered with No Bully to help schools and communities understand all the facets of cyberbullying and digital drama. We want to best equip you with the resources and tools to ensure that you and your schools are prepared for whatever comes your way.
Whether you are just starting and are looking to find ways to set that strong foundation; you have already started to address these issues in your classroom and are looking for additional resources; or something has happened and you are looking for some answers, this toolkit can help.
- Download our Cyberbullying Response Flowchart.
- Better understand how your school can activate student compassion to help stop cyberbullying with No Bully.
- Make sure your students have access to help when they need it the most with the Crisis Text Line Flyers. For crisis support, text 741741. Crisis Text Line is there 24/7, for free.
- Check out our blog.
In partnership with No Bully
In Your Classroom
We have highlighted our cyberbullying lessons for each grade level, along with giving you everything you need to teach engaging lessons for your classroom around this topic.
Grades K-5 Lessons
Screen out the Mean (K-2)
Students learn that kids sometimes can act like bullies when they are online. They explore what cyberbullying means and what they can do when they encounter it.
The Power of Words (3-5)
Students consider that they may encounter online messages from other kids that can make them feel angry, hurt, sad, or fearful. They explore ways to handle cyberbullying and how to respond in the face of upsetting language online.
What's Cyberbullying? (3-5)
Students discuss positive and negative aspects of interacting with others online. Students learn the definition of cyberbullying and compare in-person bullying with cyberbullying.
- Help parents and families become more familiar with cyberbullying by sending home our Family Tip Sheet (en español).
- These are just three of the 65 lessons we offer for K–12 classrooms. Explore them all in our Scope & Sequence, where you'll find our Spanish-language resources!
Grades 6-8 Lessons
Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding (6-8)
Students learn the difference between being a passive bystander versus an upstander in cyberbullying situations. They then identify concrete solutions for dealing with cyberbullying situations.
The Reality of Digital Drama (6-8)
Students discuss their impressions of peer drama, both online and as depicted on reality TV. Students compare and contrast two videos to think critically about the way that gender stereotypes can play out in mass media, as well as in their own lives online.
Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line (6-8)
Students learn to distinguish good-natured teasing from cyberbullying. A documentary-style video details one student's experience, and students discuss what it means to "cross the line" into cyberbullying.
- Help parents and families become more familiar with cyberbullying by sending home our Family Tip Sheets for Cyberbullying (en español) and Dealing with Digital Drama (en español).
- These are only three of the 65 lessons we offer for K–12 classrooms. Explore them all in our Scope & Sequence, where you'll find our Spanish-language resources!
Grades 9-12 Lessons
Turn Down the Dial on Cyberbullying (9-12)
Students learn that cruelty can escalate quickly online because people are often anonymous and posts spread quickly. Students identify the factors that can contribute to online cruelty.
Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying (9-12)
Students learn about the dynamics of online cruelty and how it affects all the people involved.
Becoming a Web Celeb (9-12)
Students reflect on the possibilities and perils of an online world in which anyone can become a celebrity overnight. Students analyze the journeys of real "Web celebs," including reading some of the harsh comments they've received online, and learn to recognize how these comments may affect other viewers as well as their targets.
Breaking Down Hate Speech (9-12)
Students learn the definition of hate speech and understand how it affects individuals, groups, and communities. Students learn to recognize hate speech by reading an article or by analyzing a brief video.
For Your Students
As teachers, it is important to engage students to think about the role they play when it comes to cyberbullying and digital drama.
We have pulled together some resources to help your students become upstanders and supporters of one another against cyberbullying and digital drama.
Elementary School Students
Help your students earn their very own Digital Passport by playing and exploring more about cyberbullying and what to do if they or someone they know is being cyberbullied with Digital Passport's E-Volve.
- Help students explore what they can do to become an upstander with our Elementary School Student Tips (en español).
- Introduce our Pause & Think characters to help students better understand the role they can play in their digital lives.
- Pause & Think Video
- Pause & Think classroom poster
Middle & High School Students
Introduce Digital Compass to your students to help them better understand where they are headed online. Which path might they choose? Students can find out with the animated stories and games of Digital Compass, all without risking their real-world reputations. Explore more about cyberbullying and digital drama with our Digital Compass characters, Rhoda and Wink.
Empower your students to find their own voices and showcase their ideas for making smart, safe, and creative choices online. Explore more on cyberbullying with our Digital Byte "Haters & Trolls."
- Help students explore what they can do to become an upstander with our Middle and High School Student Tips (en español).
- The ability to instantly share photos online is a powerful way for students to interact with one another, but it can also lead to problems. Explore with your students the responsibilities they have when sharing photos online with our Should I Share? classroom poster.
- Introduce our "Oversharing: Think Before You Post" video and classroom poster to remind students about the ups and downs of posting online and how to be thoughtful users of the digital space.
For Parents & Families
We know that for parents and caregivers, cyberbullying and digital drama can be both confusing and worrying. Use these programs and resources to help empower your student's parents and caregivers to better understand how cyberbullying and digital drama can affect their kids and the larger community.
- Get your student's families started by exploring some of our Parent Tips (en español) around cyberbullying
The Connecting Families program helps parents and kids address important topics and have meaningful conversations about making great choices in their digital lives, from cyberbullying to photo sharing. The program includes everything you need to encourage your schools and communities to use connected technologies in ways that are both fun and safe. (Available in Spanish as well.)
- Be sure to look at both our Digital Drama and Cyberbullying cases to further explore how these behaviors not only affect our kids' schools but their own communities
- 5 Ways to Stop Cyberbullies
- 4 Ways to Help Teens Avoid Digital Harassment
- 5 Tips for Dealing with Haters and Trolls
- 5 Social Media Rules for Teens and Tweens
- Como Prevenir El Ciberbullying (5 Ways to Stop Cyberbullies)
- Mas Consejos Sobre Ciberbullying (More Advice on Cyberbullying)
- Consejos Sobre Ciberbullying (Advice on Cyberbullying)
- Help your families stay in the know about which apps can be magnets for cyberbullying and digital drama with our Digital Glossary.
- Common Sense Media offers a wide range of advice created specifically for parents. Be sure to let parents and caregivers know where to go to find out everything they need regarding cyberbullying, organized by age and stage with our Parent Concerns pages.