Topic: Bullying Awareness and Prevention
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Common Core Standards: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
This curriculum unit provides educators with the tools to increase awareness about the problem of cyberbullying among their students. Each lesson introduces age appropriate information and skills that encourage youth to think critically about Internet communication, develop empathy for others, respond constructively to cyberbullying and online aggression and interact safely on the Internet.
According to Cox Communications and the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 95% of youth (teens ages 13–17) in the U.S. go online and 78% have cell phones and 80% use social networking sites. For the current generation of teens, gaming, video chatting, text messaging and social networking are a vital means of self-expression and a central part of their social lives.
However, there are some youth who are misusing Internet and cell phone technology to bully and harass others, and even to incite violence against them.