Standing Up to Cyberbullies

What is cyberbullying and what can you do to stop it?

Spring 2021 Digital Citizenship Newsletter

Elementary Edition

Think about these questions:

Is there a difference between joking, being mean, and bullying? What is it?

Who's Involved?

Bullying or cyberbullying situations always include a target (the person being bullied) and a bully (the person doing the bullying). The bullying or cyberbullying can occur for many different reasons.

The target and the bully are usually not the only ones involved in a cyberbullying situation. There are also the people who see it. These people can either be bystanders or upstanders. A bystander observes a conflict or unacceptable behavior, but does not take part in it. An upstander does try to stop it.

Things to think about ...

  • What are some reasons cyberbullying occurs?
  • How can you respond if you are cyberbullied?
  • What do you think are some ways to be an upstander if you see a bullying or cyberbullying situation?
These are all important to know in case you experience or see a cyberbullying situation. Another really important thing to know about is empathy. Empathy is when you imagine the feelings that someone else is experiencing.

  • Empathy could motivate someone to be an upstander instead of a bystander.
  • If you try to empathize with the bully, it could help you understand why the bully is acting that way.

Play E-VOLVE now!

Click here to play a game and learn more about how to handle cyberbullies!

Credit: Is It Cyberbullying? | Common Sense Education

Teachers, please visit the site above for the full lesson with lesson resources.

For more information about Cyberbullying, check out What is Cyberbullying? | How to Prevent Cyber Bullying? (

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