Can Bullying Be Located On A Map? A 13 year old student maps bullying in America

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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Lesson Plan

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.

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Lesson tags: Eighth, Math, Ninth, Pop Culture, Science, Social Studies, Tenth

Abran Maldonado

Abran Maldonado Entrepreneur, scholar and music industry veteran, Abran Maldonado is the CEO and Founder of NuSkool. He has spent over a decade addressing the needs of underserved youth using a hybrid approach fusing both entertainment and education through professional development, student enrichment and educational research. After several years in the entertainment industry, Abran decided to enter the academy to further explore digital media and other aspects of youth culture and their implications on the advancement of 21st century education.