Friday, March 10, 2017

Day 113 - March Social Skills Lesson - Bullying and Cyber-Bullying - Memorial School Guidance Counselors

Bullying and Cyber-bullying
"Sometimes it just takes ONE"

Grades K, 1 and 2:
Students will be listening to the story One by Katherine Otoshi.
Image result for one by kathryn otoshi
One is a story about colors and numbers. Blue is a quiet color and Red is a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see and don't know what to do to stop it. When no one speaks up, things get out of hand. Red gets bigger and bigger. Then, One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. Sometimes it just takes one voice to make a difference and make every one count.

After listening to the story, the students will break up into groups. Each group will be assigned a color and they will discuss what they would do if they were that color in the story. They will also talk about what they could do to make a difference and stand up for one another.

Students will go back to their seats and write one sentence on how they can make a difference.
Image result for one by kathryn otoshi

Grades 4 and 5: Cyber-bullying
Students will be reviewing what they have already learned and know 
about bullying.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is the repeated use by one or more students [aggressor(s)] of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target's property; (ii) places the target in reasonable fear of harm to him/herself or of damage to his/her property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the target; (iv) infringes on the rights of the target at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of requirements related to this law, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.
Bullying Criteria (RIP):
  • Repeated
  • Intentional (i.e. harming someone else on purpose)
  • Imbalance of Power (2 against 1, difference in age, size, ability)

After we discuss our previous knowledge on bullying, we will introduce Cyber-bullying.


  • Cyber-bullying is a difference of power or strength between the perpetrator and the target and this behavior takes place through technology.
  • Some interactions on social media can be positive but some could be very hurtful and unkind.
  • Some studies have shown that people are more likely to be unkind through social media because you can’t see or hear people so it’s easier to pretend we don’t see what’s going on.
  • Remember that people we talk to and play with online are real people. Think what you would say if they were really sitting next to you.
  • Online communication can be recorded and shared, we don't know who and how many people will see anything we do.
  • It is hard to to tell if someone is just joking, or hard to tell if a joke you’ve made  has gone too far and really hurt someone. Has that ever happen to anyone?

After the video, students will break up into groups. They will answer the following questions:
  • How is talking to people online (video games, social network, texting, Instagram, Facebook, email, etc.) different than talking to people face to face?
  • How can we stop Cyber-bullying?
Ticket to Leave
How is talking to people online (through video games, social network, texting, Instagram, instant messaging) different from talking to people face to face?
Online vs. Offline

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