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Screen Out the Mean - My Digital World

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Lindsay Holbrook

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Lesson from
CommonSense.org

Sophomore Guidance Unit

Lindsay Holbrook
Counselor Lesson on Cyberbullying & Online Cruelty Turn Down the Dial Understand the district policy and terminology as related to bullying, harassment, etc.

Be informed of the Arizona state law.

Students will reflect on the factors that intensify online cruelty & cyberbullying

Identify what targets and upstanders can do when online cruelty occurs

Recognize your own role in escalating or de-escalating online cruelty Silent Discussion Questions

View Ricardo's story and identify factors that contribute to online cruelty

View Stacey's story and identify the roles of various players and describer what upstanders can do

Prepare for an English assignment - Narrative Writing Agenda Target: A person who is the object of intentional action
Offender: A person who has malicious intent to hurt or damage someone
Bystander: A person who does nothing when they witness something happening
Upstander: A person who supports and stands up for someone else
Escalate: To increase or make more intense
De-escalate: To decrease or make less intense Also referred to as cyberbullying.... takes place whenever someone uses digital media tools such as the Internet and cell phones to deliberately upset or harass someone else, often repeatedly What is online cruelty? What is our board policy? A healthy school environment must be free from racial/ethnic/gender insults and/or intimidation. Under the heading of "Harassment and Verbal Abuse", behavior that intentionally intimidates or demeans another person or group on the basis of sex, sexual connotations, race or ethnic background has a uniquely destructive effect on school climate, often eroding an entire group's feeling of safety and wellbeing and will not be tolerated in the school environment. A student is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students. It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful child or group attacking those who are less powerful. Bullying can be in multiple forms: • Physical – pushing, hitting, kicking, spitting, stealing
• Verbal – making threats, taunting, malicious teasing, name calling
• Psychological – social exclusion, extortion, intimidation, spreading rumors manipulating social relationships Let's Watch Ricardo's Story.... Do you think Ricardo is a cyberbully? Why or why not?

What does Ricardo mean when he says that information "gets around really quick"?

Ricardo thinks that harassing others on the internet has an appeal to some because you can't be attacked back physically. What do you think?

Have you ever encountered online cruelty? How do you think someone might feel after being the target of it? Let's Discuss What do these words infer? Target
Offender
Bystander
Upstander
Escalate
De-escalate Let's Watch Stacey's Story..... Who was involved in the story and what roles did they play?

Who was the target?

Who were the offenders?

Were there bystanders and/or upstanders? How do you think the online cruelty might be different from offline behavior?

What do you think you might have done if you were Stacey?

What could you have done if you wanted to be an upstander in this situation? Let's Discuss Upstanders can... Stand up to the offender when appropriate. If you see something negative, say something. Make it clear that you think online cruelty is wrong and tell the offender to back off.

Point out the bully's motivation to the target. Comfort the target by explaining that many offenders act cruelly just to gain control, power, or status.

Help the target advocate. Help the target find friends and school leaders who can help de-escalate the situation. It's easier to stand up to cruelty when you are not alone. Let's Review How Targets and Upstanders Can De-escalate Online Cruelty Ignore and block the bully. Offenders often want attention. Take it away and they may give up.

Save the evidence. You may need it later for documentation.

Change your privacy settings. Allow only people you trust to see or comment on your pages/blogs.

Tell trusted friends and adults. Create a support network. Targets can.... Have you or a friend ever experienced a situation similar to Stacey's? How might the strategies in the chart have helped you in that situation?

Why is it important to be an upstander rather than a bystander? Let's Discuss As a group of two... you are going to map out two stories. One will show how online cruelty escalated in Stacey's story. The other will show how it might have de-escalated if Stacey had some upstanders on her side.

One completes the left column... the other the right column to show how to Turn Down the Dial on Cyberbullying. Let's get into pairs.... Objectives
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