Resources for December’s Digital Citizenship content

Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech

Kindergarten: Kindness Habit of Mind

How can we be kind to each other?

Have classroom conversations about what we use technology for and how we take care of our devices. Conversations about kindness. (Habits of Mind)

Grade One: Pause and Think Online

How can we be safe, responsible, and respectful online?

From our head down to our toes, and our feet up to our nose, the Digital Citizens teach students how to be safe, responsible, and respectful online.

Grade Two: We the Digital Citizens

How can we be good digital citizens?

Students explore the amazing possibilities that come with using technology. They’ll also learn from the Digital Citizens, who take a pledge to be safe, responsible, and respectful when traveling through the online world.

Grade Three: The Power of Words

What should you do when someone uses mean or hurtful language on the internet?

Some of what they see could make them feel hurt, sad, angry, or even fearful. Help your students build empathy for others and learn strategies to use when confronted with cyberbullying.

Grade Four: Be a Super Digital Citizen

How can we be upstanders when we see cyberbullying?

Online tools are empowering for kids, and they also come with big responsibilities. But do kids always know what to do when they encounter cyberbullying? Show your students appropriate ways to take action and resolve conflicts, from being upstanders to helping others in need.

Grade Five: Is it Cyberbullying?

What is cyberbullying and what can you do to stop it?

Let’s face it: Some online spaces can be full of negative, rude, or downright mean behavior. But what counts as cyberbullying? Help your students learn what is — and what isn’t — cyberbullying, and give them the tools they’ll need to combat the problem.

Grade Six: Digital Drama Unplugged

How can you de-escalate digital drama so it doesn’t go too far?

Miscommunication is a common occurrence online and on social media. Plus, being behind a screen makes it easier to say things they wouldn’t say in person. So how do we help students avoid the pitfalls of digital drama? Help them learn tips on avoiding online drama in the first place and de-escalating drama when it happens.

Grade Seven: Upstanders and Allies: Taking Action Against Cyberbullying

How can you respond when cyberbullying occurs?

When cyberbullying happens, everyone involved brings their own perspective to the situation. Help students learn about the importance of empathy, how to consider others’ feelings, and how to be an upstander when cyberbullying occurs.

Grade Eight: Responding to Online Hate Speech

How should you respond to online hate speech?

Students can come across all kinds of negative content online and on social media, whether it’s rude, mean, or even hateful. But what should students do when they encounter hate speech online? Have students think through digital dilemmas and identify the best ways to respond.