CYBERBULLYING & ABUSE
Secret's Out: Becoming an Upstander
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This lesson empowers students with the skills to navigate the digital world responsibly and respectfully by teaching them about cyberbullying, recognizing and responding to exclusion, and developing empathy and critical thinking skills to be upstanders
- Suitable for age 12
- 60 minutes + project work
What's in this lesson?
Students will be able to:
- Understand the dynamics of cyberbullying among peers and how to navigate them.
- Identify excluding behaviours as a form of cyberbullying, and recognise how it impacts others.
- Learn how to take proactive steps to support and empower others as an upstander and how to encourage others to do the same.
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When a person goes online to repeatedly post hurtful and embarrassing content, write mean messages, or spread rumours about others with the intention to cause harm and humiliation.
When someone is left out or not included in a group on purpose, usually to make the person feel bad and rejected.
A person who speaks up or takes action to stop cyberbullying or mean behaviour when they see it happening to someone else. This is the opposite of a bystander, who just watches and does nothing. Upstanders make sure everyone is treated with kindness and respect, online and offline.
Introduction (5 min)
Define the Keywords (15 min)
Investigate the Scenario (30 min)
Project Work (duration as needed)
Key Takeaways (10 min)
Included in this Lesson
- Presentation slides available in Powerpoint (.pptx) or in the Online Player
- Lesson plan for teachers
- Printable handouts for students
- Assessment rubric for project based learning
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