Cyberbullying for Teens

GRADE: 9-12


A one hour workshop based of the premise that we don’t know each other as well as we think we do. You assume you know your best friend and your classmates however, the reality is, you don’t know anyone. You have no idea what’s going on in their head or behind closed doors. At this age, you don’t even know yourself. Yet someone posts something online that’s odd, or says something at school that’s silly or is simply “different” than the norm, you’re quick to slay them online even though you have no idea what’s behind the posting, comments, or actions. Empathy, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem are all topics that are explored.

Learning Objective:

1) We are all different, but know nothing about each other. Empathy, inclusion, patience and acceptance are explored in a highly charged, emotional workshop designed to have a strong impact on those in attendance.

2) How do cellphones impact the lives of our youth? The positives and the negatives to an addiction that is as strong as any other substance we become dependent on.

3) Which apps are our kids on and why? Are there certain apps that should never be on your child’s cellphone?

4) What is bullying/cyberbullying, how does it affect the target, the bully, and the bystander? What steps can you take to minimize cyberbullying as the target, bully or the bystander?

5) What are the most common types of cyberbullies and why do they occur? What can you do to stop them in their tracks?

6) The “mean girls” are alive and well in the hallways of your school. What can you do to prevent them from becoming a force to be reckoned with?

7) Is bullying/cyberbullying a crime? What laws directly relate to these incidents?

8) How do parents, teachers and other adults become involved in preventing cyberbullying?

9) Why does it seem that teens overreact with emotions instead of using common sense? Is there a biological factor at play or is it simply hormonal?

10) What is Snapchat and why are kids flocking to it in droves? Is it dangerous?

11) Digital Footprint and Digital Citizenship…what are they and why are they the two most important concepts that teens need to learn?