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Cyberbullying: Safeguarding Students & Improving School Climate

EDUC 600

Bullying has a different look, feel, and emphasis in today’s school culture; although victimized students are no less affected.  This course gives a well researched and timely look into the ways in which cyberbullying and other undesirable online behaviors can not only affect the bullied student, but can indicate an overall need for revisiting a school’s climate and culture.  Learn why technology is not the enemy in these unfortunate incidents, and discover practical and proven ways that both adults and students within a school community can make school a safe, positive, and bully-free place to be. This course will prepare you to be both an advocate for bullying victims, and a school leader for positive change.

Objectives:

As a result of participation in this course, students should:

  1. Understand the importance of a positive school climate and culture.
  2. Gain knowledge of the motivations and vehicles behind undesirable behaviors conducted by students through mobile and social media, and the effect of those behaviors on individuals and the larger school community.
  3. Analyze tools and strategies to empower young people to create positive change within their school community.
  4. Utilize any of a variety of strategies to prevent and discourage undesirable online behaviors, to improve school culture, and to create a positive climate for learning and interaction.

Required Text/Reading:

Text(s):  Hinduja, Sameer and Patchin, Justin W. (2012). School Climate 2.0. Corwin Press

  • Articles:  (referenced in the study guide and linked in your online course)
  • Fisher, Christine. (2012). ASCD: Helping Students Create Positive Digital Footprints.
  • Storey, Kim, Slaby, Ron, Adler, Melanie, Minotti, Jennifer and Katz, Rachel. (2005). Education Development Center, Inc: Eyes on Bullying . . . What Can You Do? A toolkit to prevent bullying in children’s lives.
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