Cyber Bullying: A Prevention Curriculum for Grade 3-5
NOBullying.com: The Movement Against Bullying has reported its 2014 Cyber Bullying Statistics, including:
- 25% of teenagers report repeated bullying via their cell phone or on the Internet
- 52% of young people report being cyberbullied
- 95% of teens who witnessed bullying on social media report that others, like them, have ignored the behavior
- Of the young people who reported cyberbullying incidents against them, 33% of them reported their bullies issued online threats
Cyberbullying can destroy a student's sense of security at home and harm a student's performance and well-being at school. What's more, students who bully and students who are bullied face a greater risk for problem behaviors such as vandalism, theft, truancy, carrying a weapon, or using alcohol or other drugs.
Hazelden, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, has developed two extremely popular research-based cyberbullying curricula (for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-12). Cyber Bullying Grades 3-5, 2nd Edition, is a highly engaging curriculum for students in the 3rd-5th grades and has recently been updated to reflect current technological advances. It includes the latest information and statistics on cyberbullying and how best to address and prevent it.
With children using digital technology at younger and younger ages, it's never too early to discuss how to use cell phones and the Internet safely and respectfully. The Cyber Bullying Grades 3-5 curriculum:
- Introduces the topic of cyberbullying at a time when students are increasing their use of digital technology
- Features engaging stories, games and characters
- Presents 5 weekly 45-minute classroom sessions
- Includes a strong student/parent component that educates parents as well as students
- Introduction to the curriculum
- Curriculum Scope & Sequence
- National Academic Standards alignment: Health Education Standards, Technology Education Standards (Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making, Digital Citizenship)