Facilitate a discussion about being an "upstander" and creating a kinder, more welcoming online community.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and self-management.
Engage students in a conversation about digital citizenship. You might ask:
Use the Kahoot! game or slideshow below to help students learn about being an online “upstander”, who creates a kinder, more welcoming online community. These resources describe different examples of cyberbullying, and suggest actions that students can take in order to speak up and intervene when someone is being bullied or treated unkindly online.
As you facilitate these lessons, ensure that students are not using “blaming language”, and mentioning specific classmates or people. Instead, redirect them to address the underlying behaviors and actions. For example, instead of saying “Bob is a cyberbully because he posts embarrassing photos of other people”, redirect students to say, “When I see embarrassing photos of others being posted online, I think they might feel sad or upset, so we should be more careful and considerate of each other.”
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions:
This activity was developed in partnership with Connected Nation.