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Cyberbullying has quickly become a 21st century epidemic and a growing concern for students, parents, and educators. This course will alert teachers to the harmful effects of online harassment and teach them how they can be the driving force to prevent it in their schools. We will look at it's impact on teaching and learning and apply strategies that will help reduce and/or eliminate the instances of cyberbullying in our classrooms, in students’ homes and in our schools.

This course will use the book, Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying by Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin as a resource for information and reflection. Course activities are based on the CyberSmart curriculum, which stresses cyberbullying can be controlled. During this course, we will develop lesson plans and materials that can be used in the classroom and shared with parents. Cyberbullying is an issue impacting the entire school community, therefore we will also examine student rights as well as laws related to cyberbullying.

A primary goal of this course requires that teachers will learn various techniques that they can implement upon return to their classrooms. Additionally, teachers will reflect on what they are learning and propose a way to integrate cyberbullying content into the classroom curriculums.

Graduate Participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional Development participants 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

  • 8/8/17 - 11/14/17
  • 10/10/17 - 1/9/18
  • 12/12/17 - 3/13/18
  • 2/13/18 - 5/8/18
  • 4/10/18 - 7/10/18
  • 6/12/18 - 9/11/18
  • 8/14/18 -11/13/18

Course Schedule

York, PA     2018

          1/5-7 & 1/19-21


Mt. Pocono, PA    2018

          Jan 12-14 and Jan 26-28


Tarrytown, NY   2018

          4/6-8 & 4/20-22

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 Courses are 13 weeks in length.

Face-to-Face Course courses are held Friday evening from 6pm-9pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am-6pm.

Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:30am- 5:30pm.

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

Check the Partner University area of our website for specific course tuition.

Students are to purchase their own textbook. Click “Textbook List” for information.

Professional Development 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.