This month to mark November’s Anti Bullying Week we’ve been producing lots of blogs to help you teach all about bullying in the classroom. We’ve covered lots of areas, from how to prevent cyberbullying in your school, through to all manner of websites you can use to help teach anti bullying. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
In the first blog of the month we wanted to provide a guide on what cyberbullying is and how to extinguish the flames of online abuse. While the ideal solution to such things is for both parties to respect one another it’s sometime worth having a backup plan. Teaching students about the dangers of creating embarrassing of explicit photographs or videos is a critical lesson, as carelessness can have a lifelong consequence. Check out the blog for more details.
Our second blog was a collection of resources designed to help teach about bullying, with a strong focus on staying safe online from abuse. While a lot of the resources are existing, often government resources (including the Australian government’s excellent online mini series #GameOn) there was also an extract from journalist Jon Ronson’s most recent book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed…” which can be used with GCSE classes to not only help teach about the dangers of online collective bullying, but also as a piece of journalistic writing. This kind of lesson helps keep you on the curriculum while also teaching a topic like cyberbullying nested within the lesson. The resources can be found here.
If you’re still looking to host an assembly on the topic of bullying at any time of year you can use our presentation that has been specially designed for KS1 and KS2. It uses simple language, bright colours and pictures to engage, but doesn’t water down the message. it asks pupils to think about what makes us different and what makes us the same, and then asks them to celebrate our differences. The presentation can be found here.
We even managed to have a chat this month with Cybersmile’s co-founder Dan Reisbeck about the best way to deal with Cyberbullying and how school’s attitudes toward emotional education need to take into account a more digital angle. You can listen to the podcast below.