As society and technology expands and grows our ability to communicate and be heard by others expands at massive rates. This improves our ability to communicate with one another. That communication can be very productive, but it can also be terribly negative towards others. Teaching children how to communicate properly and use these tools for good can often be difficult task. Students have a great deal of different methods for bullying others in cyberspace. As of late social media, messaging, and online gaming have been the platforms in which children ridicule and hurt the feelings of others. In a recent student three out of four students feel that they were the targets of a cyberbully in their lifetime. These worksheets will help students identify when they are on the receive end of a cyberbully and the steps, they should take to find resolution of this.
Cyberbullying Worksheets to Print:
Like It or Not -
Most online platforms or apps give you the ability to approve of someone's post or comment by giving each instance a "like". Is it okay to "like" the following things you may come across? Circle the correct answer.
The 5 Ws of Cyberbullying -
We look at the overall fundamentals of what it is and how to be proactive about these situations.
How to Respond -
If you ever become a victim, there are
several things you should do or not do immediately. Complete each
sentence with words from the word bank.
Tell Us Your Story -
We ask you to share a personal story of yourself or someone close to you.
What To Do? -
What do you think is going on in the picture? Why? If the girl was someone that you knew, what would you do?
Exploring Examples -
We give you situations a student may come across and how to handle each situation.
Gaming Behavior -
Online gaming is an enivornment that has the potential to develop into a cyberbullying
situation. How much do you know about protecting yourself from seeing abuse while gaming online?
Help a Friend -
The bully has been sending mean and
abusive direct messages to your friend for several
days using what looks to be a fake social media
profile. Your friend has been replying to these
messages, asking the bully to stop.
An Overview -
Look at the potential problems that take place on each platform.
Different Faces -
A graphic organizer to help students first identify what it is and the impact it can have on them.
Even Worse -
Why is this form of bullying to the extreme?
Steps to Take When Cyberbullying is Occurring
With ninety-five percent of today's youth having access to the Internet there are bound to be a series of challenges and obstacles to growing up that did not apply to previous generation. That compounds even further when you consider that eighty-five percent of youth use social media weekly. A recent study found that the two most frequent reasons for the bullying is based on the subject of the bullying's appearance or academic achievement. This can cause a great deal of mental stress on the victims and ultimately affect their self confidence and how they feel about themselves. There are a number of steps that students can take to minimize the effect of cyberbullying.
Teachers have a huge amount of influence over the students in their classes and should take some time to teach the concept of proactive uses of social media. Make sure to meet with the parents of your students and discuss the concept of cyberbullying and encourage them to check in with their kids regularly on their cyber mental health. Many parents do not even understand that these issues exist.
One of the best ways to combat an event of cyberbullying is to not validate the threat by simply not responding. The bully is hoping to upset you and if you react emotionally, it can only escalate from there. If you plan to respond, at the very least you should pause an entire day. When you see something upsets you on social media, why not just put your device down for a while. If you are to follow up via the same medium, we would suggest that you take your time and maybe discuss it with a mature family member. Before you do, take a screenshot of what was previously posted to make sure it is not removed if you need to have it available for proof. If someone oversteps their bounds with you, make sure to block them right away.
The best way to protect yourself from negative influences on social media is to maintain a realistic schedule for accessing your use of these various platforms. We would advise anyone to spend less than thirty minutes a day on social media, as a whole. Make sure to limit your checking of posts and posting. We would encourage you to assess the value of each and every platform that you spend even a few minutes a day on. You need to remember that most of what you see on these various platforms is completely curated or staged.