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4. Plan What to Do When Cyberbullying Happens

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Even when you try to prevent cyberbullying by following the responsible posting guidelines, it can still happen. It might happen to you, or you might witness it happening to someone else. It’s important to deal with cyberbullying as quickly as possible so that it stops. No matter who cyberbullying is happening to, it is scary. When someone else is being hurt or getting bullied, it can be hard to know when to help. You might not know what to do or think that the bullying will stop on its own. You might think that someone else will help the victim. Or you might be scared of retaliation. Retaliation is when someone does something to you because you got them in trouble. But witnessing online bullying and not doing anything to help stop it is not okay. It’s up to everyone to work together to stop it and protect each other. It’s also important to act safely. You don’t want to put yourself in harm’s way, and you don’t want to subject yourself to retaliation.

In this video, you will brainstorm or do research online to identify steps you can take to respond safely to cyberbullying. Then, you will record your ideas in your group’s document, and include links to any websites you used as a reference.

To start, insert a page break at the end of your list of guidelines.

A page break starts a new page in your document.

You could press enter multiple times to go to the next page, but a page break makes starting a new page faster and easier. Next, create another heading.

After your heading, press enter. Then, start another bulleted list.

Brainstorm with your group. Think of things that have happened to you or to people you know. Think about things you may have read or heard about cyberbullying at school, at home, or from your friends. Now, think about how you reacted to those situations. What did you do? What could you do in the future?

Type your first plan of action for preparing for cyberbullying.

You might think of ways you can get support from others, so you don't have to figure out a solution alone.

You might think about things you could do for the victim.

Then, think of things you can do on your own online.

If you need help thinking of what to include in your list, research online.

Open a new tab in your browser and go to google dot com.

Type in the keywords for your search. Scan through your results. Use the suggestions from the previous video to find reliable sources. Click on a website and read through the suggested actions.

When you find a tip or guideline that you think is helpful, add it to your list. Make sure you rephrase it in your own words, so you’re not copying directly from your source. Then, add a link to the website to cite your sources.

Continue researching online with your group.

Add new action plans until you have at least five, and include the links to the sources in your document. Then, move on to the next video to wrap up the lesson. Now, it’s your turn: Insert a page break after your list of guidelines for safe posting and texting, Add a new header and bulleted list, Brainstorm with your group ways to handle cyberbullying, Search online for more tips, And add at least five action plans to your document.



  1. Insert a page break after your list of guidelines for safe posting and texting.
  2. Add a new header and bulleted list.
  3. Brainstorm with your group ways to handle cyberbullying.
  4. Search online for more tips.
  5. Add at least five action plans to your document.