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Cyberbullying has quickly become a growing concern for students, parents, and teachers. This course explores the harmful impact of online harassment on teaching and learning. Course activities are based on the CyberSmart curriculum.

Participants will learn to apply strategies that will eliminate or reduce the instances of cyberbullying both at school and at home. Participants will develop lesson plans and materials that can be used in the classroom and shared with parents, as well as examine student rights and the laws related to cyberbullying.


Carlow University ED 603 • Madonna University EDU 5830.41 • Mercy University EDUT 516

The required text for this course is Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying, Third Edition, by Sameer Hinduja & Justin W. Patchin.

ISBN 978-1071916568

Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.

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Course Schedule

  • 2/13/24 - 5/14/24
  • 4/9/24 - 7/9/24
  • 6/11/24 - 9/10/24
  • 8/13/24 - 11/12/24
  • 10/8/24 - 1/14/25
  • 12/10/24 - 3/11/25

Course Schedule

Summer 2024

  • July 19-21 & Aug 2-4
  • Mike Foley





Session/Module 1: Definition of Cyberbullying


  • Member Introductions and Ice Breaker Activity using Web 2.0 technologies
  • Define cyberbullying
  • Explore the two kinds of cyberbullying
  • Compare traditional Bullying vs. Cyberbullying
  • Activity: Reflection

Session/Module 2: Characteristics of a Bully/What We Know About Cyberbullying


  • Discussion on the levels of cyberbullying
  • Common forms of cyberbullying
  • Types of technologies students are using
  • Chat acronyms
  • Discuss gender and race differences in cyberbullying

Session/Module 3: Social Networking and Cyberbullying


  • Educating the students on the dangers associated with the internet
  • Define social networking and its uses.
  • What are the top used social networking sites and what makes them so attractive.
  • Internet Use Contracts
  • Social Network Etiquette/Digital Footprint

Session/Module 4: Educators Taking Action


  • Solutions for educators
  • Create a survey
  • Discuss emotional vocabulary and empathy
  • Create a set of role playing cards
  • Discuss classroom rules and create a contract
  • Create a Top Ten Tips for Teachers List -*Preventing Cyberbullying and Being Aware

Session/Module 5: Parental Awareness and the Students' Roles


  • Parental controls and beyond
  • Discuss ways parents can address their child being a bully
  • Students role in preventing cyberbullying
  • Online quiz 
  • Are you an online bully? Complete quiz and share the results

Session/Module 6: Schools Combating Cyberbullying


  • Actions to use to deal with cyberbullying incidents
  • Research the current cyberbullying plan in your school
  • Fill out the cyberbullying report card to see how prepared your school is for dealing with this topic
  • Using cyberbullying incident tracking forms
  • Discussion of internet behaviors and appropriate responses

Session/Module 7: Reflection


  • Review case studies and discuss preventions
  • Discuss starter questions for parents to use with their children
  • Explore websites that promote cyberbullying prevention
  • Comment on blog
  • Reflections

Session/Module 8: Helping Students Help Each Other - Building a Responsible Classroom that is Free from Bullying


  • Explore and debate the Cybersmart curriculum
  • Discover Home Connection Sheets for your grade level

Session/Module 9: Legal Aspects


  • Case studies and discussion
  • Research the legal aspects for your state
  • Explain the four steps students should take to deal with cyberbullying

Session/Module 10: Additional Resources/Final Project/Final Exam


  • Overview of resources and suggested websites
  • Final reflections
  • Final project
  • Dissect the different technologies that are available to students and describe ways that they can use those technologies to bully or harass other students.
  • Analyze and identify the various types of bullies.
  • Compare statements on this topic with other teachers and build a knowledge base through reflection.
  • Identify and implement an emotional vocabulary along with activities into the curriculum.
  • Research and discuss strategies to empower parents to prevent cyberbullying.
  • Utilize a wide range of instructional methods and strategies to promote knowledge of the effects of cyberbullying.
  • Adapt ways to implement cyber bullying prevention.
  • Design and modify lesson plans to support student learning. These lesson plans will be supported by the Cybersmart curriculum.
  • Explore the social emotional states that bullies encompass.
  • Identify and use major research based websites on cyber bullying and their content.
  • Identify appropriate instructional interventions and activities for the classroom.
  • Promote programs that help educators create school-family-community partnerships.
  • Implement appropriate methods and strategies to build a safe online community.
  • Identify school rules and existing laws that surround cyber bullying and design and share a school safety plan that incorporates a cyberbullying component.
  • Identify methods of incorporating the impact cyber bullying will have on teaching methods and parent communication.
  • Recognize the laws that exist in the state surrounding cyberbullying and prepare an action plan for dealing with situations.
Partner Universities

Our Partners are well-established regionally and nationally accredited colleges and universities, recognized for academic excellence and their commitment to teachers.

Important Information

Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.

On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.

Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.  

Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner. 

Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI. 

Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information. 

Student Academic Integrity
Participants guarantee that all academic class work is original. Any academic dishonesty or plagiarism (to take ideas, writings, etc. from another and offer them as one's own), is a violation of student academic behavior standards as outlined by our partnering colleges and universities and is subject to academic disciplinary action.