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Empowering Youth to Stop Cyberbullying and Overcome Behavioral Addictions"

Course Summary

This course is intended for teachers and professional associates of pre-primary, primary, and secondary schools, principals, and other school staff who want to learn and understand how to build a positive school and classroom environment and plan long-term strategies and policies to prevent, reduce, and stop bullying and cyberbullying in schools. As technology is omnipresent in our lives, it has become integral to our daily interactions, increasing connectivity through the web and social media. While these high levels of connectivity offer numerous benefits, they also present challenges, particularly in the form of cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying manifests as behaviors that frighten, hurt, humiliate, disturb, exclude, and victimize individuals through information and communication technologies. This often results in sadness, anxiety, tension, and loss of information. To effectively prevent and address cyberbullying, it is crucial to develop and implement combat strategies that can stop most cyberbullying before it occurs.

Additionally, this course addresses the broader issue of bullying, which is becoming an increasingly serious problem in schools and society. With children spending more time online, cyberbullying and new forms of addiction, collectively termed behavioral addictions, are emerging as significant concerns. The course aims to provide guidelines for creating preventive programs to address peer violence and behavioral addictions among youth.

Through a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical examples, activities, and workshops, participants will gain insights into the concepts of peer violence, cyberbullying, and behavioral addictions. The course will also explore how educational professionals can effectively support students in overcoming these challenges and foster a safer, more inclusive school environment.

Price:

  • 5-day course: 400 €

  • 6-day course: 480 €

  • 7-day course: 560 €

Course Detailed Description

The question "What is cyberbullying and how can we stop it?" has become crucial in today's digital age. Face-to-face bullying and cyberbullying often occur concurrently, with the latter leaving a digital footprint. Both forms of bullying threaten students' physical and emotional safety and can significantly impact their academic and social success at school.

Creating a safe school environment where bullying and cyberbullying are not tolerated is essential. This environment includes parents and the community as partners in bullying prevention and the management of a Bullying Prevention School Plan.

Digital technologies have profoundly transformed childhood and adolescence. The internet, smartphones, tablets, digital games, messaging apps, and social media platforms are now integral to the lives of young people. These digital advancements bring a range of risks and harms that have changed students' education and learning experiences, making cyberbullying a pervasive issue that can arise anytime and anywhere there is internet access.

Initiatives like Safer Internet Day have become significant events worldwide, aiming to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns. These activities promote safer and more responsible use of online technology by children, young people, and students, helping to address the main problems of bullying and cyberbullying.

Bullying and cyberbullying are preventable. Various factors can increase or decrease the risk of experiencing bullying. It is crucial to understand and address these factors to protect students from violence. Teachers' competencies and skills in this area are vital for promoting a healthy environment, a caring school climate, and a safe school environment.

Teachers and other educational professionals often encounter children who are rejected by their peers, teased for their differences, or victims of physical violence. Feelings of rejection, fear, shame, and anger are common consequences these children may experience. These children cannot fully stand up to violence on their own. It is up to adults—parents, teachers, professionals—to be sensitive to this serious problem and ensure that no form of violence is tolerated in school corridors, leaving a lasting impact on children's development.

The frequent use of the internet and social media has led to both positive and negative social changes and habits. Online platforms have become a space for a new form of peer-to-peer violence: cyberbullying. Cyberbullying involves using digital technologies to repeatedly scare, anger, or shame those targeted. While face-to-face bullying and cyberbullying often occur together, cyberbullying leaves a digital footprint that can provide evidence to help stop the abuse.

By promptly identifying, stopping, and preventing violence, we help children overcome the consequences of violence and convey a clear message that their well-being matters to us and that we live in a society that does not tolerate any form of violence.

In addition to cyberbullying, social media, video games, and similar internet products pose a risk for developing behavioral addictions. Behavioral addictions are a relatively new phenomenon in social sciences. Recent years have seen more intensive research into this type of addiction, particularly in areas like gambling, the internet, video games, sex, sexual content, and shopping. Identifying behavioral addictions is challenging because they involve legal, desirable, and often healthy behaviors and habits (e.g., shopping, using the internet, exercising). The key question is how and where to draw the line when normal behavior becomes an addiction, and what criteria must be met for behavior to be considered an addiction.

This course combines theoretical background with practical workshops and activities. Participants will be equipped with tools and strategies to apply in their schools, incorporate into preventive programs, or use in daily teaching activities. The goal is to empower educators to create a safer, more supportive environment for all students, free from bullying and behavioral addictions.

 

The main goal of this course is to increase participants’ awareness of cyberbullying and equip them with the knowledge and skills to build a positive school and classroom environment to prevent, reduce, and stop bullying and cyberbullying. This course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of both bullying and behavioral addictions through a theoretical background, focusing on:

Theoretical Background: Understanding the dynamics of bullying and behavioral addictions, including their causes, effects, and long-term impacts on students.

Warning Signs: Identifying the warning signs of both bullies and victims to facilitate early detection and intervention.

Risk and Protective Factors: Exploring the factors that may increase or decrease the likelihood of bullying and cyberbullying, and understanding how to enhance protective factors to safeguard students.

Identification, Prevention, and Early Interventions: Learning strategies for identifying, preventing, and intervening early in cases of bullying and behavioral addictions to mitigate harm and support affected students effectively.

 

Other course goals are:

  • summarize the most important facts about bullying and cyberbullying

  • be aware of social and cultural perspectives on bullying

  • be conscious of threats in the digital world

  • learn how the school can help students navigate the digital world and understand cyberbullying

  • better understanding of bullying prevention and equity and inclusive responsibilities

  • organizing better and safer surroundings for students

  • enhance collaboration and networking

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

*Please note that the course schedule provided on this website for the 6-day course is intended as an example only. The actual schedule may vary according to the needs and preferences of the group attending the course.

Upon registration for the course, attendees will be provided with a finalized schedule tailored to the specific course they have booked. This schedule will include details such as session times, topics covered, and any additional activities planned.

For any questions or concerns regarding the course schedule, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Day 1​

  • Course outline

  • Ice-breaking and networking activities

  • Presentation of participating organisations

  • Exchanging good practices in previous experiences on the topics

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant

Day 2

  • Bullying and cyberbullying: Definitions and types of behaviors

  • Social and cultural perspectives on bullying

  • Risk and protective factors

  • Cyberbullying tactics and threats

  • Prevalence and impact of bullying on children and adolescents

  • Impact of cyberbullying

  • Guided city tour

Day 3

  • Understanding behavioral addiction: Definition, types, and prevalence

  • Risk factors for developing behavioral addictions

  • Signs and symptoms of behavioral addictions

  • The impact of behavioral addictions on mental health and relationships

  • Course project – introduction

  • Networking


Day 4

  • Growing and living in a digital world – the good, the bad and the ugly

  • Schools as stakeholders – helping students navigate the digital world and understand cyberbullying

  • Parents/Community communication

  • Cyber safety: Promoting responsible and ethical online behavior

  • Better Internet education – Safer Internet Day

  • Preparation for the Course Project – Bullying Prevention School Plan


Day 5

  • Elements of Bullying Prevention School Plan

  • Bullying prevention

  • Be a Change Maker

  • Final activities – presentation of the Course Project

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, discussion


Day 6 

  • Certificate awarding 

  • Course closure and cultural activities

Note: The program will be dynamic and interactive. The schedule may change based on the issues posed by the participants and the real resolution processes in which we engage. Excursion plans for any given course may also affect the agenda.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Increase Awareness and Understanding: Gain a deeper understanding of bullying and cyberbullying, including the types, effects, and signs of behavioral addictions.

  • Promote Individual Differences: Encourage the understanding and valuing of individual differences among students.

  • Perceive Schools as Stakeholders: Recognize the critical role of schools in bullying and cyberbullying prevention.

  • User Safety Standards: Gain knowledge about User Safety Standards and their importance in protecting students.

  • Parents' Role: Highlight the significant potential of parents in preventing bullying and cyberbullying.

  • Impact of Digital Technology: Consider the influence of digital technology on cyberbullying and how it can be managed.

  • Create Safer Environments: Arrange better and safer surroundings for students, both online and offline.

  • Foster Safety and Inclusivity: Encourage a culture of safety, inclusivity, and well-being in schools by addressing the root causes of bullying and behavioral addictions.

  • Digital Safety: Thoughtfully address safety in the digital world.

  • Active Prevention: Be proactive in bullying prevention efforts.

  • Celebrate Safer Internet Day: Participate in and promote Safer Internet Day activities.

  • Networking and Collaboration: Build a network of peers and engage in collaborative efforts to tackle bullying.

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