Cyberbullying Toolkit for PTA Leaders

Standing up, Not Standing By:

A Free Cyberbullying Toolkit for PTA Leaders

Every day, cyberbullying hurts kids and impacts the culture at your child's school. Since this issue spans homes and schools, parents and educators across the country are struggling with how to tackle it together.

  • But who should lead the charge?
  • What responsibilities do schools have?
  • What can parent leaders do to help kids avoid this challenge presented by our digital world?

We created this free toolkit to help your PTA answer these questions and take an effective stand against cyberbullying.

Use these resources to organize a PTA Parent Education Night that will start a conversation in your school community about helping kids learn to stand up to cyberbullying.

Your own personal toolkit

As parent leaders, we want to ensure our children attend schools where they can thrive. Don't let cyberbullying get in the way! Use this kit to help achieve your parent education goals for this school year and to help your community raise kids who are safe and responsible in all of their social interactions - both online and off.

This toolkit offers easy access to a turn-key "workshop in a box" for reaching out to parents at each grade level. You'll find engaging resources for in-person parent engagement sessions and materials to send home.

Share this kit with every parent leader you know. They'll thank you for helping them kick off this year's parent engagement effort with an important and relevant topic.

But educators are looking for ways to address cyberbullying, too. Our Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators contains many of the parent engagement materials found here, in addition to two of our best classroom lessons for each grade level.
Email a link to your child's teacher today!

Get Started

Resources for Administrators:

In addition to Common Sense, many other organizations offer help in addressing cyberbullying. We encourage you to take advantage of the support these sites offer:

Generation Safe - iKeepSafe
Tools to help you manage and prepare for cyberbullying incidents

National Conference of State Legislatures
State-by-state info on cyberbullying laws
Pew Internet and American Life
Sources of credible cyberbullying research

Center for Safe & Responsible Internet Use
Guidance on school liability and policy

Edutopia's Digital Citizenship Roundup
Articles and community discussions on cyberbullying and more

Resources for Kids and Teens:

Many entertainment sites popular with kids already offer guidance on how they can stop cyberbullies. Deepen your students' learning by sharing these resources:

MTV's A Thin Line
Interactive tools engage older kids in defining what it means to "cross the line"

Nickelodeon's Digital Citizen hub
A quiz asks: "Are You Cyberbully Savvy?"

That's Not Cool
Catchy "call-out cards" and other tools help kids become upstanders

Webonauts Internet Academy
A PBS Kids game engages younger kids Teen Center
Games and comics teach online safety

More resources for parents:

Common Sense Media offers a wide range of advice created specifically for parents. Share these links with parents who aren't able to attend an in-school event:

Online cyberbullying tip sheet
Online versions of our cyberbullying tip sheet PDFs and video

5 things to know about cyberbullying
Quick tips, plus an engaging video

Bullying is everybody's business
An informative article about the four roles kids play in cyberbullying incidents

Advice for parents on other issues
Practical info on everything from texting to video games