Cyberbullying Resources for Schools
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We’ve compiled a list of some of the best free cyberbullying resources for teachers on the web, so you can spend more time taking advantage of what’s out there, and less time scouring the internet for what you need.
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Best Cyberbullying Websites for Schools
With the increase in students’ use of social media and smartphones, cyberbullying is unfortunately also on the rise. As a teacher, it can be hard to know exactly where to start, since most of the conflict between students happens outside of the walls of your classroom. We’ve compiled some of the best resources on the web to help you better understand how to tackle this tricky issue and reduce cyberbullying among students at your school.
American Psychological Association
Why we like it: The APA offers research-based resources from a psychology perspective, allowing parents, teachers, and students to better understand cyberbullying and its impacts.
Center for Cyber Safety and Education Youtube
Why we like it: With dozens of helpful videos for both students and adults, this organization provides great information on all sorts of Internet safety topics, including cyberbullying awareness and prevention.
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Why we like it: Although this organization is based in the UK, the information about using the internet responsibly applies to all students. They have great lessons, worksheets and videos for all ages, with helpful feedback about how to modify the lessons for various ages.
Common Sense Education
Why we like it: This organization has a K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum for teachers to help students understand the effects of cyberbullying and ranges from basic lessons on what to do when someone is mean online to how to identify hate speech and when it is protected.
Common Sense Media Youtube
Why we like it: While their page contains videos guiding parents and teachers on all sorts of media-related topics, a good deal of their hundreds of videos deal with internet safety and cyberbullying and bullying prevention.
Why we like it: The main goal of this site is to educate about Internet safety, privacy and security and it contains tips for students as well as adults in a wide realm of topics, including cyberbullying. There are some really thorough parent and educator guides to different social media platforms, trends in cyberbullying to look out for, and more.
Why we like it: With online trainings, tips for parents and teachers and activities for students, this site has a variety of resources to assist with cyberbullying prevention.
Cyberbullying Research Center
Why we like it: As the name implies, this organization has an extensive library of cyberbullying resources, research, and laws that can help teachers and parents.
Why we like it: Although this site covers all of the major topics surrounding Internet safety, there is a robust section on cyberbullying with resources for parents and teachers to better recognize the signs of cyberbullying and work to prevent it from happening at home and at school.
End to Cyber Bullying
Why we like it: With legal and legislative information, as well as statistics, this site is a good source of background information to help teachers supplement their lessons and activities.
Why we like it: This Canadian organization provides a series of classroom lesson plans in both English and French to help schools better understand the consequences of cyberbullying and encourage ethical online behavior.
National Bullying Prevention Center
Why we like it: Although this site focuses on bullying prevention in general, there is quite a bit about cyberbullying specifically, including videos, classroom toolkits and activities, and information on National Bullying Prevention Month, which takes place in October.
Online MSW Programs
Why we like it: This site primarily focuses on resources and information for school social workers, but is relevant to teachers and other school staff, as well.
Penn State Behrend
Why we like it: If you’re looking for information that is based on academic research, this site is for you. Academic research into cyberbullying is relatively new, and this page offers a broad range of resources to help teachers and administrators understand the growing trend and how it can be stopped.
Why we like it: This resource starts with some great strategies for directly addressing cyberbullying at the school-level, and includes links to guides on bullying in general, as well as tips for incorporating social-emotional learning into the classroom. Approaching the root causes of cyberbullying through these lessons can help teachers reduce conflict among their students.
Stomp Out Bullying
Why we like it: This organization focuses on reducing bullying of all kinds among kids and teens, but places emphasis on bullying of LGBTQ students. They have both virtual and printed toolkits for teachers and administrators, as well as areas of the site directed toward parents and students. They also have a chat on their site for students who need help and aren’t sure who to talk to, which is a great resource to share with students.
Why we like it: Produced by the US government, this site has resources for preventing both bullying and cyberbullying and is aimed and children, parents, and teachers. There’s a wealth of information to be found, including links to agencies that can help students who are being bullied.
Why we like it: One of the stand-out features of this site is the inclusion of videos telling the stories of cyberbullying victims. They might not be appropriate for every age group or classroom setting, but these are powerful stories that can be used in tremendous ways to teach students about the consequences of their actions online.
Why we like it: This site provides a variety of different resources, from lesson plans to links to interactive modules, each focused on some aspect of cyberbullying prevention and/or Internet safety. The resources are listed with suggested grade level, as well as ratings and comments from other teachers who have used them.
Why we like it: Although this site is geared toward parents, much of the information is relevant and helpful to teachers as well. We also think this is a great resource to have on hand to share with parents who might have questions about cyberbullying and the various initiatives you and your school are working on.
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