Trainer's Guide - Cyberbullying

Your goal for this training is to provide schools a whole-community solution for addressing cyberbullying through education, focusing on the Cyberbullying Toolkit. 

Your goal in this session is to empower educators and schools to address cyberbullying in their school community by:
1) teaching students empathy, ethics, and digital citizenship skills 
2) involving and educating parents
3) understanding how to use the resources in the Cyberbullying Toolkit 
4) reflecting on school policy and response to cyberbullying
3) developing a school-wide approach and action plan for cyberbullying and digital citizenship 

I encourage you to take each section of this presentation, and each slide deck, and customize it to the needs of your audience. For instance, if you're presenting to a middle school audience, there shouldn't be links or slides related to elementary or high school. Here are some tips on setting up your event page:

If possible, use Google sites and Google docs for your training. First, make a copy of this Cyberbullying Training Page and paste it into your new event page. Then, make a copy of each slide presentation in each section, and paste these copies into the different sections of your event page. Then, go through and customize each section based on the needs of your audience. Note: This is the "master" Google Site template for this training and the slide decks are "master" decks. Please do not edit or alter the master copies
  • The slides included here have extensive notes to help prepare you as a speaker. However, consider deleting these notes with the slides you share with the audience. 
  • If you are creating something that does not follow our design (slide template, logos, images, etc.), or are in need of something (tip card, handout, etc.)...chances are we have it. Please collaborate with Kelly on branding and messaging--we want to stay close to the look and feel of Common Sense's materials. 
  • If you are presenting somewhere without Wifi, you can download the slides from Google Docs, add more slides of screenshots from Common Sense's site, and be sure two have downloaded copies of videos you'd like to show. 

The following includes a step-by-step description and recommendations for each section of this presentation.

I. Introduction and Agenda
The agenda provided is minimalist and just gives you a sense of how much time you might spend for each section. It also helps the audience know how much time to expect in each section and when the breaks are. Encourage the audience to register with Common Sense Media in this step, so they can access the free resources and download lessons and videos. 
*Tip: Before you meet with the audience, try to find out as much as possible about who they are and what they are--or aren't--doing in regards to digital citizenship education. Send out a needs assessment survey. Based on the findings, you can then customize the presentation. 

II. Cyberbullying - What the Research Says
Here, you'll introduce the audience to background and research on Cyberbullying. If your audience is already familiar with these issues, you'll want to cut back on some of these slides and have more discussion of the school's challenges with cyberbullying and how they've been dealing with it. Please customize these slides according to your region. It is really important to speak to credible research and to present a fair, balanced tone. Avoid sensationalizing cyberbullying or going in depth on suicides related to cyberbullying. 

III. Prevention
There are two means of prevention you can cover: Policy and Education. 
Policy: If you're talking to administrators, include the slides related to policy to help the audience reflect on how the school/district has updated and implemented policy related to bullying. Avoid using the policy slides with teachers. 
Education: You'll spend most of the time on this step sampling lesson activities from the Cyberbullying Toolkit in a very hands-on way. First, lead the audience through the different sections of the Cyberbullying Toolkit. Then, sample some of the lesson activities with the group. When you have audience members look at the first lesson, spend some time walking them through a lesson plan and explaining the different components (essential question, learning objectives, vocabulary, standards, teaching plan, videos for students, materials for parents, etc.) Also, have the audience watch professional development videos of the lessons being taught. Have participants reflect on how their students would react, effective teaching strategies, how to meet standards, and how they see cyberbullying fitting into their teaching and curriculum. Show the the parent resources, and start the audience thinking about how they can engage and educate parents. 
After showing the Toolkit, show the Scope and Sequence and the larger curriculum, so that participants understand that educating students about cyberbullying is part of the larger skill set of digital citizenship. 

Depending on the group, you may want to just show them the Cyberbullying Toolkit. Or, you may want to show them Digital Passport. In addition, you can introduce them to our digital citizenship community on Edmodo or high school course on iTunes U. 

This section will require the most customizing to the needs, interests, and grade levels of your audience. For instance, do you have examples of student work associated with a lesson that you can show? What are examples of lesson integration or customization? The more concrete examples and models of what works, the better.

IV. Response
This section is to help participants reflect on how their school responds to cyberbullying when it happens. The goal of this section is to help participants reflect on their response process, and to walk them through the cyberbullying response chart. (We don't provide legal advice on cyberbullying response--that is up to the school and their lawyers.) 

V. Implementation Options + Action Plan
In this section, you'll introduce implementation options and have participants spend time working on an action plan. In discussing implementation, you should refer back to the Scope and Sequence, which divides the lessons into five lessons per grade level covering a variety of digital citizenship topics. Some schools want this prescriptive approach, and some don't. The bulk of this time is for participants to work separately or with others from their school to figure out where this fits into the core curriculum, who will do what, how they will involve parents, and so on. There is action plan linked in this section, but you may have an action plan you typically use, that's fine. 

Sometimes audience members may not be at the point where they can figure out implementation. If that's the case, have them explore the resources, watch videos, and check out  the professional development page to watch videos of cyberbullying lessons in action. 

In closing, you can have people share out what they're most excited about from in action plan, or the "one word" sum up, in which you ask participants to share the "one word" that sums up how they feel, what they've learned, or their overall impressions. This is a quick and easy way to close, but can be powerful. 

VI. Evaluate this presentation
Here, you'll link to CUE's evaluation. 

About the Presenter
Use this link for your bio, website, etc.