December 13-16th

posted Dec 13, 2019, 8:22 AM by Mike Costello   [ updated Dec 17, 2019, 11:32 AM ]
New Blog Post - "Are People Good Or Bad?

4-5 Sentences
-In your opinion are people naturally good? or bad?
-Why do you think that?

-Do you think you are a nice person? 2-3 sentences
Take this quiz
-What does the quiz say? 2-3 sentences

Open a New Google Doc
Title: SHMOOP - Day 1

Change FONT/COLOR when answering a question

SHMOOP – Internet Safety and Ethics Activity: The Golden Rule Goes Online: Preventing and Stopping Cyberbullying

Objective: Being a member of an online community doesn't just mean understanding what browsers and cookies are and keeping a handle on your private information. Using the Internet comes with certain responsibilities to others, namely, being a cool digital citizen. One of the main parts of being a good digital citizen is having respect for others and shutting down cyberbullying.

In recent years we've seen many examples in the news of the dangers of cyberbullying. Students have skipped a lot of school, suffered serious depression, and even committed suicide, thanks to cyberbullying. Students need to learn about the damage that can be done by bullying or by being a passive bystander. In this activity, students identify what cyberbullying looks like and how to end it.

Step 1 (10 mins):  As a class we will watch the video on this website and then you will independently read the Internet Safety 101 webpage on cyberbullying the website. Afterwards, copy & paste the following questions into a Google Doc you create

  1. What is cyberbullying? 

  2. Have you ever cyberbullied anyone? Has anyone ever cyberbullied you?

  3. Have you ever seen someone else be cyberbullied? Did you do anything to stop it? If not, what could you have done? 

  4. What percentage of teenagers report being cyberbullied in the last year? 

  5. What are the different kinds of cyberbullying listed on the website? What do they each mean? What technology do students use to cyberbully? 

  6. Why can it sometimes be easier to bully people over phones and the Internet than in person? 

  7. In the video, what does the teenage girl say that other people have done when they hacked into her accounts, using her password? 

  8. What does one boy do when he goes into the bathroom, to bully a classmate? What were the consequences? 

  9. What are some things that you and your parents can do to keep track of the information that results from cyberbullying? 

  10. What can students do to get help from cyberbullying?

Step 2 (10 mins):  Watch CNN's report on Hope Witsell's suicide and copy & paste the following questions.

  1. What did Hope send to her boyfriend? 

  2. What did another girl do with what Hope sent? How would you feel if someone did this to you? 

  3. What did Hope's mother warn her about? Why do you think Hope didn't listen?

  4. What did bullies do to Hope? 

  5. Why do you think Hope kept quiet about the bullying?

  6. What did bullies write about Hope in the Shields Middle School Burn Book? Have you ever seen stuff like that online?

  7. How did Hope's friends try to help her? Is there something more they could have done?

  8. Why did Hope commit suicide? 

  9. Do Hope's parents blame her school for her death? Why? 

  10. What did Hope's sister find online after Hope's death? 

  11. Do you know anybody who has ever been cyberbullied like this, or in other ways? If you feel comfortable, share the story. What did you do? If you could go back, what would you do differently?

Step 3 (5 mins): Go to the and as a class, we will read about the warning signs of cyberbullying and
how to stop a cyberbully. There is a video on this page as well, but it's mostly directed at parents.

Using your own words how would you explain the strategies for dealing with cyberbullies. 

List 5 tips for dealing with Cyberbullying


Step 4 (15-20 mins):  Pick one type of Cyberbullying (or tactic, as they're called in the Internet Safety 101 article from Step 1).

The types of bullying tactics are listed below. (Students should refer to the Internet Safety 101 article for definitions.)

  • Gossip

  • Exclusion

  • Impersonation

  • Harassment

  • Cyberstalking

  • Flaming

  • Outing and trickery

  • Cyberthreats

Each person creates a "group chat" using this link about the type of bullying, how the victims can get help, and who they can get help from.

The skits should each present at least one way to resolve the particular type of cyberbullying.  

Each skit "chat" will be written out on their Shmoop Day 1 Google Doc.

1. Student A: Oh my gosh, Joey won’t stop spreading rumors about me online! (Line 1)

2. Student B: What a jerk! What are you going to do to get him to stop? (Line 2)

3. Student A: I think I am going to go talk to my Counselor and see what she says. (Line 3)

4. Student B: Oh that would be a good idea, you can also... (Line 4)

5. Student A: Yeah I could do that, but I don't want him to get in trouble, just to stop (Line 5)

---Student A goes to Counselor
6. Student A; Hey Ms. Williams... (Line 6)

7. Mrs. Williams: blah blah blah (Line 7)

20 Lines of dialogue total!!! Split into 2 images 10/10

Remember there are many different ways in which cyberbullying can take place and many ways to try and

resolve it if/when it happens.

Step 5
Visit this page or this page that covers A LOT of bullying statistics
-Find 4 statistics that stand out to you
    -Why did it stand out?

  • 25% of teens on social media reported having an experience resulting in a face-to-face confrontation with someone.
This stood out to me because...

Standards Met

  • Common Core Standards: ELA 6-8th Grade Standards: Reading 1, 2; Reading for Informational Text 1, 2, 4; Writing 2d, 3d, 6, 8; Speaking and Listening 1bcd, 2.

  • 21st Century Skills: Information, Media, and Technology Skills: Access and Evaluate Information, Analyze Media, Create Media Products, Apply Technology Effectively; Life and Career Skills: Interact Effectively with Others, Work Effectively in Diverse Teams.

Make sure document can be seen "by anyone with the link"
-More-> "Anyone with the link can view"