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Cyberbullying: Prevalence, Consequences & Prevention

A guide for parents, teens, health professionals & educators

6 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $59.00

Co-Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D. & Azzia Walker, B.A.

This course is also offered as part of a Psychology of the Web Certificate Program of 31 CE Credits.

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

Cyberbullying has been a growing problem since the popularization of Internet technologies, long before 2010. But in that year, seven teens took their lives after suffering as the targets of cyberbullying - and this got the country talking. In this comprehensive online course, we detail the problem of cyberbullying, prevalence, populations affected and give clear action for preventative measures by educators, parents, students and mental health professionals. Cyberbullying victims tend to feel isolated, depressed and socially ostracized. Our intention is to arm communities with the information they need to protect victims, prevent further abuse and promote respectful interactions online

This introductory course includes eighteen text articles of varying lengths, and a list of online resources. The first section, Introduction: Definitions, Prevalence and Examples, includes five articles. It gives an overview of cyberbullying and cyber culture, including modern children and teens' relationship to technology. The articles include useful facts about cyberbullying and examples of cyberbullying scenarios, as well as an exploration of the effects of cyberbullying in LGBT populations. The second section, Psychology of Cyberbullying, is composed of three articles. It explores the online disinhibition effect, connection between bullying and anxiety and the long-term negative effects of victimization. The third section, Cyberbullying and the Law, contains four articles on the legal issues surrounding cyberbullying, including state laws and school obligations and responsibilities. The fourth section, Prevention & Response, contains six short articles. It provides guidance for adults and children to prevent cyberbullying or to stop abuse once it has started. Finally, our Summary and Conclusion section includes an online resources list, including relevant news stories.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Define cyberbullying.

2.    Interpret online social behavior accurately.

3.    Practice effective interventions on behalf of cyberbullying victims.

4.    Plan safe practices to prevent cyberbullying.

5.    Conduct interventions for cyberbullies and cyberbullying victims.

6.    Summarize the social issues relevant to cyberbullying and the steps needed to combat those issues.

Course Syllabus

  • What is cyberbullying?
  • Prevalence
    • Primary targets
    • Primary bullies
  • Impact
    • Populations effected
    • LGBT issues
  • Dynamics of Cyberbullying
    • Gender differences
    • Disinhibition Effect
  • Cyberbullying and the Law
    • Legislation history
    • Surrounding issues
  • Prevention
    • Student actions
    • Parent actions
    • Therapist actions
  • Education
    • Creating effective prevention programs
    • Working with schools
    • Positive collaboration
  • Online Resources
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