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Laura Gunther Technology for School Counselors Bullying used to be considered a right of passage; something every student goes through at some point in his or her life (Jacobsen & Bauman, 2007). Victims often experience physical, psychological and social problems stemming from the bullying (Jacobsen & Bauman, 2007). “Frequency of exposure to bullying events was the greatest factor in predicting trauma level” (Carney, 2008). Set of 4 Sessions 45-50 Minutes 10-12 Students Per Class Computer Access Required Each lesson is evaluated on a 3 point scale, considering the students participation and quality of work. Addresses National Standards under Personal/Social Development Discovery Education Cruel Schools Video Student Survey Defining “Bully” Student Written Synopsis of Lesson Adapted from the Cruel Schools Lesson Plan, Connecting with Kids Network, Discovery Education, 2008. Discuss making good decisions even when being bullied Decision Making Action Plan scenarios in pairs Pairs create PowerPoint Slide Combine slides into PowerPoint slideshow Class Discussion Adapted from the Cruel Schools Lesson Plan, Connecting with Kids Network, Discovery Education, 2008. Reality Matters/Cruel Schools Handout Pairs create a Bullying Prevention Poster to be displayed in the school Adapted from the Cruel Schools Lesson Plan, Connecting with Kids Network, Discovery Education, 2008. Discuss Cyber Bullying Public Service Announcements “Class Code of Ethics for Internet Communication” Graffiti Poster Give out the Internet Safety Strategies for Students handout Adapted from Cyber Bullying: A Prevention Curriculum For Grades 6-12: Scope and Sequence by Hazelden Foundation, 2008 and Cyber Bulling: Understanding and Addressing Online Cruelty, Anti-Defamation League, 2008. Bullying via Instant Messaging, E-mail, Websites or Texting Adapted from Cyber Bullying: A Prevention Curriculum for Grades 6-12: Scope and Sequence by Hazelden Foundation, 2008. Anonymity emboldens people to say things they normally wouldn’t. What Could You Do? Picture yourself saying this to someone in person. Could you? How would it feel? The Internet may seem like a world separate and apart, with different rules and norms. What Could You Do? Consider the real life outcomes and consequences that your actions could have. Never engage in fantasy play without others’ consent and willing participation. 3. Look at me. Personal attacks are an easy way to attract attention; negative attention may be better than no attention. What Could You Do? Reflect on how you really want others to view you. Consider behaviors that will leave to positive attention and friendships. 4. Don’t mess with me. Retaliation online is less threatening than standing up to a foe in person. What Could You Do? Consider whether revenge will actually solve your problems or make you feel better. Talk to a trusted adult about proactive solutions. Have rules for going online. Limit use of the internet. No message is completely private; Cyber Bullying can be traced back to you. Your ISP could cancel your service if used inappropriately. Never share private information with others. Never share passwords or account IDs. Never chat with strangers on the Internet. Adapted from Cyber Bullying: A Prevention Curriculum for Grades 6-12: Scope and Sequence by Hazelden Foundation, 2008. Don’t be a victim Don’t respond to bullying or inappropriate messages, but save them as evidence. Discuss any incidents that make you feel uncomfortable with an adult. Block the screen name, e-mail address, etc. Always report! When in doubt, ask for help. Adapted from Cyber Bullying: A Prevention Curriculum for Grades 6-12: Scope and Sequence by Hazelden Foundation, 2008. Anti-Defamation League. (2008). Cyber bullying: Understanding and addressing online cruelty. Retrieved October 18, 2008, from http://www.adl.org. Carney, J.V. (2008). Perceptions of bullying and associated trauma during adolescence. Professional School Counseling, 11(3), 179-185. Connecting with Kids Network. (2008). Cruel Schools. Retrieved October 17, 2008, from http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans. Hazelden Foundation. (2008). Cyber bullying: A prevention curriculum for grades 6-12: Scope and sequence. Retrieved October 19, 2008, from http://www.hazelden.org/cyberbullying. Jacobsen, K.E. & Bauman, S. (2007). Bullying in schools: School counselors’ responses to three types of bullying incidents. Professional School Counseling, 11(1), 1-9.
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