Start Digital Citizenship: Day 1
1. Meditation (5 minutes quiet time)
2. Journal: Have you seen behavior online recently that upset you or made you uncomfortable? Did you report it? Why or why not?
3. Los Angeles Times article: Glendale district says social media monitoring is for student safety
4. Have students go to either side of the room based on whether they agree or disagree
-Ask individual students to defend their position
-Discussion or Debate (Who should be responsible for keeping kids safe and positive online? parents, teachers, school, themselves?)
Moving to Positive prevention strategies…
5. Table Groups: Have students who have played League of Legends all go to separate tables and then the rest of the students fill in the remaining seats.
6. Students read Wired article on the LOL Tribunal
– Wired LOL article edited for use in MS classroom
7. Read Wired UK Article: Sept. 2013 and show short video (in article) produced by The Player Behavior Team at Riot
8. Have LOL players talk to other students about the things you can report other players for (both positive and negative behaviors)
8. Report out and compile list on the board
9. Discuss LOL Tribunal and how it works
10. Final Question: So what is the answer then? How do we encourage positive behavior?
Cyberbullying: Day 2
2. Journal: Who should be responsible for monitoring cyberbullying? Explain your answer…
3. Possible supporting resources:
– MIT Games Lab Lecture: Play Nice: the Science and Behavior of Online Games
(Cut out/edit from 2:49-3:21 if in a MS class, other than that… use your best judgement).
3. Cyber search: Have students go to stopbullying.gov/laws and see what kind of laws are enforced when it comes to bullying in different states.
Student Activity Sheet: Cyberbullying Laws and Policy Search Students use sheet to document information they researched.
- Example of state law enforcement: NPR article: Florida’s newest updates to cyberlaws
Cyberbullying: Day 3
2. Journal: Reflect on your research. Who do you think should be held responsible for cyberbullying? What do you think the consequences should be?
3. Possible conversation starters:
– Mashable Article: Texas teenager in jail for facebook comments (content may be too graphic for MS students)
– NY Daily News Article: Parents of bullies in Wisconsin town to be fined for their kids’ bad behavior
Or should nobody be responsible?
Check your own digital footprint. Would you take the erase option? Why or why not.
A Platform for Good: Clean up your digital footprint
Cyberbullying: Day 4
1. Meditation: 5 min
2. Journal: What are some examples of the positive ways in which people are trying to combat bullying? Give specific examples…
West High Bros– A Sincere Compliment
SAS High School paper article: Annual Sea of Pink Day Hopes to Eliminate Bullying
NBC News Clip: Pink Shirt Day
Other resources: “This is the Line” PSA: What’s Your Story, Student Winner 2011
4. Student Activity: Cyberbullying round table questions
Questions given on large chart paper to groups from the other day. Answer as a table. Each group then shares their response and adds to it.
Cyberbullying: Day 5
2. Create your own positive prevention
Some examples from the StopBullying.gov Tumblr page
Can be a poster, meme, website, video game (like Herotopia), blog, infographic, up to you!
*** Our classes are 1 hr so if you have a longer class, combine any days together or just do whatever combo works best for you and your students.