Let’s Talk About Cyber-Bullying

Help parents and students think about cyberbullying and how it can be prevented and addressed.

Activity Kit

Audience:

  • Ages 6-10 (Elementary students)
  • Ages 11-14 (Middle grade students)
  • Ages 14-19 (Secondary/high school students)
  • Adults (parents and educators)
  • Activities are conducive to being held in school classrooms, community centers, after-school programs, and nonprofit organizations, as well as with your own children, or a small group of children in your home

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • Educate adults about the nature of cyber-bullying and when and how they should address it with their children
  • Help students reflect on their involvement in cyber-bullying and how they can prevent and respond to it

Why is this topic important?

  • As kids are being introduced to technology and getting access to cell phones and social media at younger ages, their risk of unsafe cyber behavior is also increasing, so it’s important for adults to address these risks early on and teach children how to behave appropriately online.
  • Cyber-bullying can impact students’ education and mental health, resulting in lower school achievement as well as issues such as depression and low self-esteem.
  • Students who are cyber-bullied may think that they are the only ones going through it, and other students may not recognize cyber-bullying or be inadvertently participating in it themselves, so it is important to raise awareness about what cyber-bullying is, its consequences, and how to address it when it is encountered.

What do I need to know about this activity?

The resources in this kit are provided by one of IBM’s partners, the PACER Center. For many kids and teens, connecting with peers online, through social media, and via cell phone is an important part of their social lives. Actively guiding them toward safe and compassionate use of these tools is a satisfying experience. This activity will be most effective if volunteers have skills in…

  • Comfortably speaking with young people ranging from elementary to high schoolers
  • Engaging audiences, especially young audiences, using multimedia presentations and handouts
  • Encouraging and generating thoughtful discussion
  • Overall commitment varies depending on whether your audience is just parents, just students, or both; for students, commitment can also vary based on whether all of the activity resources are used
  • Time required: 2-3 hours to review the materials and prepare the ones you want to use, 1-1.5 hours for a parent presentation and 1-2 hours for a student presentation depending on how many activities you use
  • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.

Activity resources


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Languages available:

  • English

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