Every year we hear the same challenge from hundreds of middle school teachers: Finding good cyberbullying resources takes too much time and effort.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Our parents' intent with this old adage was to help us be strong and ignore the hurtful words of mean children, but that phrase was a big, fat lie. The phrase should have been, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but mean words can indelibly scar me for life.” That would have been closer to the truth. It's sad that we even need anything called cyber bullying lesson plans in our middle and high schools, but that's where we are. We get a lot of teachers and school administrators asking us about how to include cyber bullying in digital literacy lessons.
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Cynthia is a middle school teacher from California with a major interest in cyber bullying and cyber bullying prevention. She had one excellent question that stuck out in my mind and inspired me to find an answer.