Teachers and parents understand how digital mistakes can hurt feelings, reputations, and privacy. But it can be harder to convince kids that a seemingly harmless post today could be misunderstood tomorrow—let alone in the future and by people, they never thought would see it. These activities use concrete examples and thought‑provoking discussions to teach young learners how to maintain a positive online presence and protect their privacy.
This resource is a 139-page unit plan with materials, scenarios, and conversation starters focused on digital safety.
Most students know that bullying is bad, and yet bullying still happens in our schools every day.
When we say hurtful things to other people, we often can’t see the damage that we’re doing on the inside. Our classmates may appear fine, but they’re really hurting. On the other hand, our kind words can be used to build someone else up, and make them feel beautiful on the inside.
These bullying lessons use apples to provide a memorable, visual to show the damage that can be done with harsh, unkind words.
Anything someone does that makes someone else feel bad or unsafe is bullying. It can take many forms: name-calling, leaving someone out, or hurting them. Kids bully other kids for all sorts of reasons: for having lots of friends or very few friends, or for being different. Bullying is never okay. If you're getting bullied, you can ignore it, surround yourself with friends, try talking it out, or tell a trusted adult. If you're bullying other kids, please stop. It's way cooler to be nice to people!
This resource is a BrainPOP video.
During this lesson, students will differentiate between the terms “upstander” and “bystander" and describe the four steps involved in being an upstander when bullying is happening. Students will learn effective ways of intervening when someone else is being bullied by creating and acting out a skit that integrates the four upstander steps.
This lesson explores what it means to stay safe online. It focuses on cyberbullying and helping young people understand what it is, reflect on their experiences of it, and learn ways to prevent it or stop it.
This is a free interactive from PBS Kids that can be used to teach students about bullying. Explore the topic of bullying in this interactive comic, So Funny I Forgot to Laugh, based on the characters and storyline from the PBS children’s series ARTHUR. When Arthur takes his teasing too far, it upsets Sue Ellen. Can Arthur find a way to apologize for bullying Sue Ellen and save their friendship? The interactive pauses at important scenes for discussion questions and allows students to choose their own ending.
This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.