Online Class: Bullying in Elementary School

This bullying course is chock-full of the research that has been conducted on bullying, as well as the tools that people need in order to be successful at preventing, and addressing the issue

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Course Description

Navigating the Challenges of Bullying in Elementary Schools: A Comprehensive Guide

Bullying, an unsettling concern that leaves imprints on countless young lives, remains a silent epidemic in many schools nationwide. Its presence, even in the tender years of preschool and elementary education, deeply disturbs countless parents and educators. With an overwhelming sense of urgency, many grapple with the daunting task of addressing this pervasive challenge that casts a shadow over our youth's formative years.

Enter our groundbreaking course: "Navigating the Challenges of Bullying in Elementary Schools." This course is a beacon of hope, meticulously crafted from exhaustive research, offering unparalleled insights and actionable strategies for everyone at the frontlines of children's welfare.

Course Modules:

  1. Understanding Elementary Bullying: Embark on a journey to unravel the intricacies of bullying in early education settings.
  2. The Ripple Effects: Delve into the profound emotional and psychological impacts bullying imposes on young minds.
  3. The Anatomy of a Bully: Decode the characteristics, motivations, and background of typical bullies.
  4. Strategies for Confrontation: Arm yourself with proven tactics to manage and neutralize bullying behaviors.
  5. Cultivating Kindness and Empathy: Uncover the power of positive reinforcements and how to instill these values in children.
  6. Empowering Resilience: Strengthen children's fortitude, teaching them to be brave and stand up against intimidation.
  7. Fostering Open Conversations: Master the art of effectively discussing bullying with children, creating a safe space for expression.
  8. Self-Esteem's Protective Armor: Understand the pivotal role of self-worth in shielding children from the ill-effects of bullying.
  9. Emotional Intelligence: Guide children in recognizing, articulating, and managing their myriad emotions.
  10. Overcoming Shyness: Discover techniques to empower introverted children, helping them find their voice and confidence.
  11. Reforming the Young Bully: Tactfully handle scenarios when the instigator could be closer to home than anticipated.
  12. Unified Front Against Bullying: Explore collaborative initiatives schools and communities can launch to curb and eventually eradicate bullying.

A treasure trove of knowledge, this course is not just another informational guide. It's a movement to reclaim our educational spaces, making them safe havens for every child. Fusing exhaustive research with practical, on-ground applications, it serves as a compass for parents, educators, and community leaders committed to dismantling the structures that support bullying.

Whether you aim to fortify your personal understanding or to spark a revolution in your community, this course holds the keys to a brighter, bully-free future. Stand with us as we endeavor to create harmonious learning environments for all children.

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Course Motivation

If you grew up a couple of decades ago, you probably did not hear the term "bullying" much. That does not mean that it never took place, because it most likely did. Throughout time, there have been incidents of kids picking on their peers. However, in recent years it has become an even bigger problem. Perhaps it is because that it is taking place more often, or maybe it is because the media has helped to get the problem out in the open, but today we are all at least vaguely familiar and used to hearing the term.  

In fact, many of us may have children, or know children, who have experienced bullying at one time or another. Today it is because such an issue across the nation that some schools have adopted “zero tolerance” policies to try to deal with it, while others has developed programs and groups to take it on and try to keep it out of their schools. It is a problem that seems to be growing, as well.

Making Changes  
With that type of statistic, nearly every child experiencing it on some level, it is crucial that we as a society learn all we can about the issue, including what we can do to try to end it, and address it if it does creep into our lives and schools. By taking this course you are well on your way to being a change maker in your community. Whether you are taking this course as a parent, teacher, group leader, non-profit, or concerned citizen, the more you know about bullying, the more you are going to be able to be effective at making changes to help end the problem. With this course, you will be in a prime position to help change the course of bullying in your community, and even beyond, depending on what type of level that you want to get involved. 

Throughout this course, you will learn what bullying is, how to identify it, what the impact of it is, and the many ways to deal with it to try to prevent it from happening. What you learn in this course can be used in a myriad of ways to help just your child or classroom, or to help the masses. The choice, and ultimately the reach, is completely up to you! 

Types of Bullying
The harm can be direct bullying, such as teasing, taunting, name calling, or physical violence. It can also be indirect, which involves excluding someone from something or spreading rumors about him or her. So in other words, while someone hitting someone can be a form of bullying, so too is it to not allow someone to sit at a particular table at lunch. Bullying in elementary school can be seen in different ways, yet all of it seeks to harm someone that the bully perceives as being weaker. 

Bullying can be direct or indirect, where either it happens directly to the victim, or it may be something that "gets back" to the victim, such as rumors, threats, or something of the like. There are also several different ways that this bullying can delivered, including the following. 

  • Physical bullying. This is bullying that involves the child being touched in one way or another. The bully may kick, hit, punch, trip, or more. Nevertheless, it involves the bully being physical in one way or another. It is estimated that around 30 percent of all bullying at the elementary school level involves some sort of physical form.
  • Verbal bullying. This type of bullying involves words either being said to the victim directly, or about the victim indirectly. The bully may tease or taunt the victim, or spread rumors about the person.
  • Social alienation. This type of bullying happens when the bully tries to get others to alienate the victim. Their mission is to leave the victim feeling all alone, like they do not have any friends, or by getting others to stay away from the person. Therefore, in the end, the victim has been socially alienated by their peers, which can have severe consequences, which we will discuss in this class.
  • Cyberbullying. This is a newer type of bullying than prior generations had to deal with, as it involves electronic routes of bullying, such as online, through text message, or through emails. Those who use cyberbullying may end up sending threatening emails or text messages, or may post rumors about the person online. They may even pose as the victim and create a bogus Facebook account. Today there are many ways that bullies can engage in cyberbullying, and the perceived anonymity of the Internet makes many people feel more comfortable and protected doing so. However, as we will learn later, there are ways to also take on cyberbullying and help prevent and end it. 

It may seem as though indirect or non-physical forms of bullying are not nearly as serious as those that are direct or involve physical altercations. However, it can still have some serious psychological issues. It can also lead to serious physical altercations. Bullying is also at times discounted as being something that all children go through, so it shouldn't be worried about. This is totally wrong, as it can have serious implications in a child's life, both at the time and later on in life. All bullying is serious and can be potentially physically dangerous, therefore it should all be address immediately, regardless of what type of bullying it may be. 

How common is it?

As you have just learned, bullying at the elementary level is quite widespread, and in fact, most children experience it at some time. Bullying at the middle and high school levels still exist, but research shows that it tends to taper off some at each level.

The number of bullying incidents appears to decline as children get older, but that does not mean that at the middle and high school level they should be taken more lightly. Some at that level may be even more violent or have more serious implications. The best time to take on bullying is to start the prevention and addressing of it at the elementary level. That way, children progress to each grade and school knowing that it is not acceptable behavior, and will be more apt not to engage in bullying.  

Bullying is a problem that has an affect on just about every school and community. It even affects those that do not have children in school, because it affects those in our society. The sooner we can take measures to prevent and address it, the better! 


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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1. An Introduction to Bullying

In this lesson you will be introduced to bullying at the elementary school level. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Bullying ; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. The Impact of Bullying

In this lesson we look at the affect that bullying has on children. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Who Bullies and Why

In this lesson we look at what type of kids typically bully, and why they do so. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Dealing with Bullies

This lesson looks at the best ways to go about handling bullies. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Teaching Kids Kindness and Compassion

This lesson looks at why and how we can go about teaching kids about kindness and compassion. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Teaching Kindness
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Standing Up to a Bully

In this lesson we look at the importance of teaching kids to stand up to a bully. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Ways to Talk to Children About Bullying

This lesson focuses on some of the varied ways that adults can teach kids about bullying. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Why Self-Esteem Matters

Lesson eight focuses on why self-esteem is important, especially when it comes to bullying. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Feelings Matter

This lesson focuses on feelings and understanding emotions, including handling anger. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Helping a Shy Child Blossom

This lesson will look at shyness, including what it is, and ways to overcome it. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. When Your Child is the Bully

This lesson looks at the fact that the bully is someone's child, maybe yours. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12. Ways for Schools and Communities to Combat Bullying

This final lesson looks at ways that groups can help prevent and to address bullying. 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Elementary School Bullying; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what bullying is and how it has progressed over time.
  • Identify the impact of bullying.
  • Recognize who bullies and why.
  • Describe methods for dealing with bullies.
  • Summarize how to teach kids kindness and compassion.
  • Summarize methods you can use for standing up to a bully.
  • Describe ways to talk to children about bullying.
  • Identify why self-esteem matters.
  • Recognize when your child is the bully.
  • Describe ways for schools and communities to combat bullying.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Bullying in Elementary School
Course Number: 8900147
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,510 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: August 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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