Prevalence, Consequences and Prevention
A guide for parents, teens, health professionals and educators
6 CE Credits - Online Course - $59.00
Co-Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D. & Azzia Zur, B.A.
CE Credits for Psychologists,
LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs & LCSWs (BBS) Social
Counselors (NBCC, NAADAC, CALPCC), Nurses (BRN) & More
This course is also offered as part of an Internet Addiction Certificate Program of 28 CE Credits.
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GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION
Cyber-bullying 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 cyber-bullying - and this got the country talking. In this comprehensive online course, we detail the problem of cyber-bullying, prevalence, populations affected and give clear action for preventative measures by educators, parents, students and mental health professionals. Cyber-bullying 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 seventeen text articles of varying lengths, one PowerPoint presentation and online resources. The first section, Introduction: Definitions, Prevalence and Examples, includes four articles and the PowerPoint. It gives an overview of cyber-bullying, including a description of teens' relationship to technology, useful facts about cyber-bullying and cyber-bullying scenario examples, as well as an exploration of cyber-bullying for LGBT populations. The second section, Psychology of Cyber-Bullying, 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, Cyber-Bullying and the Law, contains four articles on the legal issues surrounding cyber-bullying, 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 cyber-bullying or to stop abuse once it has started. Finally, our Summary and Conclusion section includes a closing summary and online resources list.
This course will teach psychotherapists to
- Define cyber-bullying.
- Interpret online social behavior accurately.
- Practice effective interventions on behalf of cyber-bullying victims.
- Plan safe practices to prevent cyber-bullying.
- Conduct interventions for cyber-bullies and cyber-bullying victims.
- Summarize the social issues relevant to cyber-bullying and the steps needed to combat those issues.
- What is cyber-bullying?
- Primary targets
- Primary bullies
- Populations effected
- LGBT issues
- Dynamics of Cyber-bullying
- Gender differences
- Disinhibition Effect
- Cyber-bullying and the Law
- Legislation history
- Surrounding issues
- Student actions
- Parent actions
- Therapist actions
- Creating effective prevention programs
- Working with schools
- Positive collaboration
- Online Resources
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