Introduction to Cyberbullying: Avatars and Identity - Lesson Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 4 to 6

Author: MediaSmarts

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


Because of the ways that digital media leave out many of the cues that prompt us to feel empathy, it is easy for young people to sometimes forget that real people – with real feelings – are at the heart of online conversations. In this lesson, students are provided with opportunities to explore this concept and discuss the importance of using empathy and common sense when talking to others online.

This lesson is part of the Cyberbullying: Encouraging ethical online behaviour lesson series.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • understanding of how online communication differs from face-to-face conversation
  • awareness of how the distinct attributes of online communication may contribute to inappropriate or bullying behaviour
  • recognition of cyberbullying behaviour
  • understanding of the crucial role played by bystanders, including themselves, in fuelling or stopping bullying behaviour – online and offline
  • awareness of the impact of cyberbullying on targeted individuals
  • knowledge of appropriate action to take when cyberbullying occurs
  • awareness of rules for good digital citizenship

Home and School Connection

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.