CyberSmart! Cyberbullying curriculum, in partnership with Common Sense Media
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The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is pleased to partner with Cybersmart! to bring the CyberSmart! Cyberbullying Package to teachers and other educators concerned with keeping students safe.
Focused on age-appropriate skills building and improved dialogue between adults and students, these free lesson plans bring together research-based strategies and a flexible format designed to fit easily within existing curricula.
CyberSmart did their homework!
Their carefully developed cyberbullying package:
- uses a social constructivist learning approach to allow students/educators to construct their own knowledge, defining the problems and issues themselves and thus “owning” them. Without this ownership, no behavioral change can occur
- focuses on developing critical thinking and decision-making skills rather than teaching about technologies that change monthly
- recognizes that research shows that getting tough on the bullies themselves is not an effective intervention
- addresses research that reveals most youths do not disclose online harassment to adults for fear of adults overreacting and cutting off online access. Students need to have a student-initiated mechanism for confidential reporting to adults.
- focuses on the critical role of the bystander, recognizing research that students do not want to identify themselves as either bullies or targets
- enables discussions with students about online safety and cyberbullying to be easily sustained throughout the school years, similar to the ongoing programs advocated by cyber security experts
- emphasizes the core character values of caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others as the underlying message of cyberbullying education
- recognizes that issues regarding cyberbullying are intertwined with those associated with Internet safety, security, free speech, tolerance, and cyber citizenship