Students will discuss the affects of bullying and its prevalence as well as gain a basic understanding of statistical indexing and geolocating as it relates to mapping bullying incidents in America. Students will examine the work of Viraj Puri, a 13-year-old student from Virginia, who created a bullying-prevention blog to “use technology to bring lawmakers and teens together.” He has developed a live social media “heatmap” that tracks, geographically, mentions of bullying.
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To begin this lesson, gauge students' understanding of the concept of bullying. Make sure you define bullying and its many forms and distinguish it from conflict and joking amongst friends.