Upper Elementary Assembly Cyberbullying Research Center

Our upper elementary assembly is designed for students in grades 3-5 who need a general introduction to the safe and responsible use of technology. Students will learn what to do if they are being mistreated at school or online, or if they see something bad happening to one of their friends. Students are encouraged to communicate with adults that they trust about what they are doing and seeing online. General safety principles are covered, including: (1) don’t meet anyone in real life who you only know online without your parent present, (2) don’t share passwords with friends, (3) don’t say mean things to others online, even if they say mean things to you, and many others. Students are also encouraged to use technology, because it is great and fun and educational! But they need to be safe and smart while interacting online.

This presentation will help upper elementary school (grade 3-5) students:

• Learn how bullying and cyberbullying can occur and what to do about it
• Understand the emotions that are felt when one is victimized
• Resist meeting up with people they only know online
• Consider relatable and true-story examples
• Understand how who you “friend” and “follow” on social media and similar sites is a reflection of you
• See how easy it is to track individuals because of their digital footprint
• Be inspired by other students who are positively changing their school and community by promoting the responsible use of technology

Key issues discussed: bullying; cyberbullying; smart social media usage; online integrity; respecting others

(35-40 minutes)

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