Deadline: 2 September, 2015
Open to: everyone
About this course
This MOOC aims to provide students with a critical knowledge concerning the phenomenon of youth bullying. The course focuses on both traditional bullying that usually takes place on school premises and cyber-bullying, which occurs via information and communication technologies. With a social-ecological perspective, the first part of the MOOC explores the boundaries of these phenomena, and analyzes the characteristics of youth involved and the social-psychological processes that underlie the different roles youth play in bully-victim-bystander dynamics. The second part of this MOOC covers the prevention and intervention strategies available at the international level.
What will you learn?
This MOOC will help you answer the following questions:
- What is bullying? How can I recognize it?
- How do new information and communication technologies modify traditional bullying behavior? Is ‘virtual’ bullying less ‘real’ than face-to-face bullying?
- What are the risk factors for (cyber)bullying? And its consequences for youth?
- What role do the family, school and peers play?
- How can bullying and cyber-bullying be prevented? What can schools, parents, and the society do about them? What really works?
Who is this course for?
The MOOC can be of high interest for people from all over the world and with different backgrounds (e.g. psychology, sociology, educational studies, public health, pediatrics) who wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of bullying among children and youth in a social-ecological perspective. Given the twofold focus on both research and intervention, the course is also particularly suggested to people actively engaged in children’s and adolescents’ education and well-being (such as, teachers, school counsellors, school nurses, policy makers, etc.).
What do you need to know?
No prior knowledge of psychological concepts is needed, but can be helpful. Interest in children’s and adolescents’ development, education and well-being is welcome and encouraged.
How to enroll?
You can enroll to this online course for free at the iversity platform HERE. The starting date of the course is 2 September, 2015. The course is to be in duration of 7 weeks
For more information please visit the iversity platform