1 What is Bullying & Cyberbullying?
Teacher shares their knowledge and experience with bullying and cyberbullying. The month of October is National Bullying Prevention month. After reminding students that we are focusing on anti-bullying approaches and tactics this month, share your own experience with cyberbullying. (My example included receiving a disrespectful email from another teacher, who copied the entire school. I kept that teacher’s identity confidential, but explained how it made me feel.)
We are going to watch a few videos related to anti-bullying and the power of words. While you are watching these videos, please think about how these videos make you feel. Using nearpod or another interactive app, have students silently reflect for 1-2 minutes after watching these videos and respond to the question: How do these videos make you feel? Remind students to focus on their feelings, not what they would want to do. I had students open a blank word document. I showed all the first 3 videos consecutively since they are all pretty short.
Words Hurt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j6YA03hm4k
Demi Lovato: Stomp Out Bullying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSZvIyi7VSk
The Price of Silence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY7Gvq0P4hc
2 What Can We Do?
Allow students to discuss videos and feelings videos conjured, as they are willing. May want to highlight that Demi Lovatto and a lot of other well-known celebrities were the victims of bullying.
Since we can all say that we have witnessed or experienced cyberbullying, we need to be prepared with our own tools for when we are confronted. Review steps you can take when confronted from cyberbullying. This was part of the Nearpod Lesson, The Power of Words. I pulled the slide specifically for us to review at this time.
Direct students to watch this video. Allow them 1 minute to reflect on their feelings. Before watching the video a 2nd time, provide them with the prompt: What will you do the next time you witness cyberbullying? Please come up with 3 solid actions you can take if you witness the bullying or are a viciim of bullying.
Create No Hate:
Allow students opportunity to share out what they will do. It might be a good idea to record their actions and keep it as an anchor chart to remind them of ways they can help stomp out bullying.
Step 3: Inform students that they are going to create a hashtag that helps to combat bullying. Explain the significance of a hashtag and how it is only one long word. Encourage students to get creative with their letters and numbers in the spelling of some common words. While they are typing their hashtags, share this video.
Watch 2015 Anti-bullying Video:
Exit ticket is their hashtag.