top of page
021 Diversity_large.jpg

Cyberbullying - Let's Stop Bullying And Cyberbullying in Schools

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.

Technology is present in every moment of our lives and has become a part of our lives. Therefore, people become increasingly connected through the web and social media. At the same time, there are many benefits of the high levels of connections via the internet and social media, there is also a non-shiny side: cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying can be expressed as behaviours that frighten, hurt, humiliate, disturb, exclude, and cause victimization by using the information and communication technologies of the individual. Often the result is sadness, anxiety, tension, and loss of information.

In order to prevent and tackle cyberbullying, it is important to develop combat strategies for it. With these precautions, most cyberbullying can be prevented before it happens.

Course Detailed Description

The question What is cyberbullying and how can we stop it? became the most important to answer.

Bullying face-to-face and cyberbullying can often happen alongside each other. The difference is cyberbullying leaves a digital footprint. Both threaten students’ physical and emotional safety and can impact their academic and social success at school.

Therefore, schools must create an environment where bullying and cyberbullying are not acceptable. Such a safer school environment includes parents and the community as partners in bullying prevention and managing Bullying Prevention School Plan.

Digital technologies have profoundly changed childhood and adolescence. Internet, smartphones, tablets, digital games, messaging apps and social media platforms, have become integral to the lives of youth. The digital age brings a diverse range of risks and harms. That’s all changed and transformed students’ education and learning because cyberbullying is a situation that can be encountered at any time, wherever is the internet.

Safer Internet Day initiatives have become a landmark event, all over the world, which aims are raising awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns. The activities promote safer and more responsible use of online technology by children, young people and students. Such activities can help to focus on the main problems of bullying and cyberbullying.

Bullying and cyberbullying are preventable. There are many factors that may increase or decrease the risk of experiencing bullying. Because of that we must understand and address the factors that put students at risk for or protect them from violence. Teachers’ competencies and skills in that area are very important to promote a healthy environment, a caring school climate and a safe school environment.

The main goal of this course is to increase participants’ awareness of cyberbullying and learn them how to build a positive school and classroom environment to prevent, reduce and stop bullying and cyberbullying.

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

Topics:

bullying, cyberbullying, digital technology, prevention, Safer Internet Day, social media

COURSE SCHEDULE (Day by day):

Day 1

  • Introduction to the course

  • 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

  • Guided city tour 

Day 2

  • Bullying and Cyberbullying

  • The top questions on bullying and cyberbullying

  • Social and cultural perspectives on bullying

  • Cyberbullying tactics and threats

  • Impact of cyberbullying

Day 3

  • Schools as stakeholders

  • Growing up in a digital world

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

  • Parents/Community communication

  • Course project – introduction

  • Networking


Day 4

  • Building a better digital world

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

  • User Safety Standards

  • Better internet education

  • Safer Internet Day

  • Preparation for the Course Project – Bullying Prevention School Plan


Day 5

  • Look at the future

  • 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 

  • Course evaluation

  • Certificate awarding 

  • Excursion and other external cultural activities

Course outcomes

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

  • get to know more about bullying and cyberbullying

  • promote the understanding and valuing of individual differences

  • perceive schools as stakeholders in bullying and cyberbullying prevention

  • get to know more about User Safety Standards

  • point out the parents’ potential in bullying and cyberbullying prevention

  • consider the impact of digital technology on cyberbullying

  • arrange better and safer surroundings for students

  • thoughtfully take care of safety in the digital world

  • be active in bullying prevention

  • celebrate Safer Internet Day

  • networking and peer collaboration

  • prepare Micro-lesson including at least two innovative teaching method

  • analyse the Micro-lesson

  • analyse and evaluate the process and the course 

bottom of page