Confronting Sinat Chinam: Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship

July 11, 2017

Source: DigitalJLearning Network


The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that the Temple was destroyed because of sinat chinam [baseless hatred] (Yoma 9). On Tisha B’Av, we mourn the destruction of the Temple, as well as other tragedies in Jewish history, and are also charged with ridding ourselves of sinat chinam. In schools today, though students may not necessarily say hurtful words to their peers, the anonymity and distance that the Internet provides can make it a space where sinat chinam and bullying thrive. How do we help our students understand the meaning of baseless hatred and how to prevent it? In honor of upcoming Tisha B’Av, take an opportunity to check out these resources, which you can use next year to teach students about the dangers of sinat chinam in the digital space and how they can confront cyber bullying and promote kindness and empathy online.

  • Digital Citizenship Resources from Common Sense Education
  • Cyberbullying Resources from
  • Cyberbully: the Movie
  • Digital Citizenship Resources from BrainPOP
  • 13 Games That Teach Empathy from Common Sense Education
  • Sesame Street Video on Empathy
  • What is Empathy? Video

Read more at The DigitalJLearning Network.

Updated: Jul. 13, 2017