Middle School Cyberbullying Curriculum
Our young people are digital natives in a virtual world which most digital immigrants rarely visit – if ever. And as Seattle Police Detective Malinda Wilson says, “Puberty and the internet do not mix!” As a result, keeping our young natives safe online has become a serious challenge for parents and educators. Although issues of online predators, identity theft,
intellectual property rights and gaming and addictive behaviors often make headlines, surveys tell us that cyberbullying (online bullying, harassment, intimidation and overall peer abuse) is more pervasive and seriously impacts more young people than other better known cybersafety issues.
For that reason, and in support of RCW 28A.300.285, Washington State’s 2007 cyberbullying anti-harassment legislation, this initial set of internet safety curriculum materials focuses on cyberbullying. To keep the project manageable, that focus is further limited to the middle school / junior high school classrooms. In time, the plan is to expand this middle-schoolcyberbullying beginning in two directions: from MS to K-12; from cyberbullying to overall internet safety.
As a part of a bullying prevention program, the Lessons contained in the materials are designed to coordinate with and fit into ongoing Olweus Bullying Prevention programs.