Cyberbullying Prevention Materials

Kimberly Jones, Hester, Katina M.  |  2/27/2009 12:51:02 AM

Character Education Partnership promotes new cyberbullying prevention materials.

The Character Education Partnership has partnered with CYBER SMART (http://cybersmart.org/) to distribute their free Cyberbullying Package nationwide. The package, http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/cyberbullying/nsba/, provides tools for educators to begin a dialogue on cyberbullying with students and build a sustained cyberbullying-prevention campaign. It includes materials that can easily be woven into the regular curriculum and uses a social constructivist learning approach, which focuses on developing critical thinking and decision-making skills, to allow students and educators to build their own knowledge of and define issues surrounding cyberbullying.

The package recognizes that getting tough on bullies in not an effective intervention and that young people tend not to disclose online harassment to adults for fear that they might overreact and cut off online access. It also focuses on the critical role of the “bystander," i.e., students who do not want to identify themselves as either bullies or targets.

This resource emphasizes the core character values of caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility and respect for self and others and recognizes that issues surrounding cyberbullying are intertwined with Internet safety, security, free speech, tolerance and cyber citizenship.

Included in the package are:

  • Nonsequential lessons and student activity sheets.
  • Alignment with the ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Students.
  • “Home Connection” sheets that enable educators to inform parents/guardians and enlist their support by providing a framework for family dialogue on cyberbullying prevention.
  • Prevention activities for schools, families and communities.
  • Direct links to over 90 individual web 2.0 tools to enhance collaboration, creativity and information sharing.
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