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Lesson 7: Understanding Bullying & Cyberbullying


In this lesson, students gain an understanding of bullying and cyberbullying. They begin with a writing activity to help them surface their own thoughts and feelings about bullying, and discuss the difference between teasing and bullying. They read stories about young people who are bullied and examine who is involved in the bullying situation. Then they read some more stories that explore reasons kids might bully others and discuss why bullying is always unacceptable and wrong.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the difference between bullying and teasing.
  2. Identify reasons people bully others. 
  3. Explain why it’s wrong to tease or bully others based on personal characteristics.

SEL Connection

  • social awareness
  • relationship skills

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • V-3: Avoid bullying or being a bystander to bullying.
  • V-7: Get help to prevent or stop violence, including harassment, abuse, bullying, hazing, fighting, and hate crimes.
  • V-9: Get help to stop being subjected to violence or physical abuse.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.3: Identify how peers can influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.6: Describe ways that technology can influence personal health.
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