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October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

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Posted on Oct, 05 2012

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Every year millions of kids are victims of bullying and studies show that bullying directly affects a student’s ability to learn. Schools across the country are adopting and updating anti-bullying policies in an effort to put a stop to it. More and more our educators need information on detecting the signs of bullying, knowing when and how to intervene, and what they can do to help those in need.

We offer a variety of professional development classes on bullying for K-12 educators. These distance-based classes are self-paced and can be taken at any time throughout the year. Below you will find a list of all the classes we offer on bullying.

How Teachers Can Break the Cycle of Bullying 3 Credits

Starting with a bottom-line assumption that "bullying is a learned behavior,” this course  explains not only the ways that the bully, the bullied, and the bystander are "three characters in a tragic play" but also how "the scripts can be rewritten, new roles created, and the plot changed. This course also provides excellent insights into behaviors related to but not always recognized as bullying, such as cliques, hazing, taunting and sexual bullying. Particularly, this course focuses on the "bystander," the person whose behavior is too often overlooked or excused within the bullying cycle.

Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence 1-3 Credits

Most bullying prevention programs are created from the “outside-in”, focusing on how teachers and staff can prevent bullying behaviors. However, what would an “inside-out” bullying program look like? The Safe School Ambassadors program is currently used in more than 550 schools in the United States. The program empowers students and gives them the tools to stop mistreatment among their peers. This student-driven bullying prevention program shows students how to build positive relationships with peers, provides specific training in preventing and interrupting mistreatment and creates an empathic environment where incidences of bullying rapidly decrease.

Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools 2 Credits

A clear understanding of what constitutes harassment and the harmful effects of harassment on people and institutions is essential to providing a safe and inclusive school environment for all. Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools will discuss definitions and the personal, social, and legal ramifications associated with sexual harassment, bullying, and cyber-intimidation. The course will address what we know about these troubling areas. We will then explore preventative strategies as well as how school staff can address these issues when they occur.

Bullying Prevention 3 Credits

Bullying prevention is a topic that every teacher must eventually deal with in their career. Students in this course will explore how bullying is a result of the relationships between the individual, family, peer group, community and culture.  Teachers will learn how to prevent bullying from happening in their classrooms, as well as how to help bullied children cultivate the resources needed to heal. 

Bullying and Harassment: A Legal Guide for Educators 1 Credit

“Incidents of bullying, harassment, and threats in schools are growing, but the line between students’ rights to expression and the school s rights to protect children and faculty is increasingly blurred.”  This course will examine the legal ramifications relating to bullying and harassment issues that educators are exposed to in school environments. Educators in the elementary, middle-school, and high-school settings will gain a better understanding of these complex issues and their own authority and/or limitations. Other social, educational, behavioral, and legal dynamics regarding these issues will be directly addressed. Educators will also review numerous recommendations and action plans for understanding these issues.

As educators, what have you done in your classroom to combat and prevent bullying? What are your school districts focusing on? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @ndsudce #Bullying, #ndsuonline

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