Grade 7

Upstanders and Allies: Taking Action Against Cyberbullying

How can you respond when cyberbullying occurs?

When cyberbullying happens, everyone involved brings their own perspective to the situation. Help students learn about the importance of empathy, how to consider others' feelings, and how to be an upstander when cyberbullying occurs.

Students will be able to:
  • Consider the different perspectives of those involved in a cyberbullying incident.
  • Identify ways to be an upstander or ally to someone being bullied.
  • Problem-solve potential challenges to responding to cyberbullying.
Key Vocabulary: ally  ·  cyberbullying  ·  empathy  ·  upstander
someone who responds to a bullying situation by supporting the person being bullied
using digital devices, sites, and apps to intimidate, harm, and upset someone
to imagine the feelings that someone else is experiencing
someone who responds to a bullying situation by confronting the bully directly or by telling a trusted adult
Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

45 mins.
Extension Activity:

Extend the lesson: Have students apply what they have learned by completing the "How To Be An Upstander" activity on TestDrive, a social media simulator co-developed by the Cornell Social Media Lab and Common Sense Education. Students go through a self-guided activity to reinforce key concepts and practice being an upstander. For more information, download the Social Media TestDrive Educator Guide.

What You'll Need

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Classroom resources

  • Lesson Slides
  • Student Handout: Kevin and José Student Version Teacher Version
  • Student Handout: Mia Student Version
  • Lesson Quiz

Take-home resources