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Relationships Curriculum Matrix

Be Kind Online Faculty Advisor Guide

Be Kind Online is a yearlong campaign, sponsored by Beyond Differences and iKeepSafe, that trains students to create and nurture healthy relationships online.

The campaign builds upon the research and framework outlined in the iKeepSafe K-12 BEaPRO™ Relationship Curriculum Matrix. This Matrix captures the key components of teaching the skills needed to establish “Healthy Relationships” in media and online environments. It explains how online interactions can support and enhance relationships, while they also have unique features that can negatively affect relationships:

  • Perceived anonymity
  • Endless replicability and “stickiness” of images and text

Educators across the country know that negative online behavior affects youth inside and outside of school. By helping students effectively cope with these features as well as manage strong feelings, teachers and parents are helping to address the root causes of negative online behavior.

The Be Kind Online Faculty Advisor guide offers step by step recommendations for a faculty advisor on how to mentor and support student leaders as they engage their whole school in positive behaviors. There are two concurrent components: small group curriculum for student leaders and whole school activities. The two components culminate on October 22, Be Kind Online Day.

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