Lesson Plan

Cyberbullying: A Lesson in Digital Communication

Students will explore the ethics behind cyberbullying. Students will develop strategies to help combat cyberbullying.
Anna R.
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My Grades 12
My Subjects Science

Students will be able to...

  • Identify the term "digital communication"
  • Identify the terms "digital ethics" and "cyberbullying"
  • In teams of 2-3, students will discuss and analyze the consequences of cyberbullying from multiple perspectives (victim, victims loved ones, perpetrator(s), etc.).  Students will complete an exercise: analyze 2-3 case studies (provided by instructor) for ethical behavior 
  • Develop several strategies to combat cyberbullying
Social Studies
Grades 5 – 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Introduction

Activity: Presenting

User population: The target audience is 5th to 6th grade students, who will experience an increase in the technology available to them at school and in the library.  

User accommodations: The lesson can take place in the library or in the classroom.  Students will need access to a desk, table, or other writing surface.  They will need something to write with, and they should be arranged in groups of 2 to 3 people.  Students should be arranged so that all can clearly hear and see the instructor.  Students with physical disabilities will be accommodated with preferential seating.  Students with hearing impairments will also be provided with a copy of the lesson notes in advance of the lesson.  

The instructor will briefly introduce herself (if necessary).

The instructor will then outline the goals of the lesson, and provide lesson notes to all students.

Student Instructions

Students will be seated in groups of 2 to 3, depending on the size of the class.  Each student should take and keep a copy of all notes and materials from the lesson.  

2 Necessary Vocabulary

Activity: Exploring

Time: 15-20 minutes

The instructor will first ask the students if anyone knows what the following terms mean:

  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Ethics
  • Cyberbullying

The instructor will present each phrase, one at a time, and write down the students' responses on a White Board or Smart Board, so that the entire class can see the responses.  

The instructor will hand out a worksheet for note-taking on each of the phrases.  The instructor will then "fill in the gaps" of understanding after all students have had a chance to respond to the phrases.  Each student should take notes on the concepts explored at this time.


Student Instructions

The students will respond verbally to the instructor's prompting regarding the phrases:

  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Ethics
  • Cyberbullying

After student verbal response time has finished, students will be given a handout to complete as the instructor fills in the gaps of understanding for each concept. Students will understand that cyberbullying is inappropriate and can result in grave consequences.




3 Consequences for Every Decision

Activity: Exploring

Time: 30-35 minutes

The instructor will distribute open-ended case studies to each group for analysis.  Students will read through each case study and answer the correlative questions listed on the case study.  Students will work in group of 2-3 people.

Student Instructions

Students will receive and analyze a minimum of 2 open-ended case studies related to cyberbullying.  

Contained on each case study are a series of questions designed to help the students consider perspective, consequences, and strategies to combat cyberbullying. 


4 Presentation

Activity: Presenting

Time: 10-15 minutes (or, remainder of class time)

The instructor will ask each group to select a case study and present their thoughts regarding each study.

Student Instructions

Students will select a case study and volunteer to present their thoughts and findings to the class.