Online Class: Middle and High School Bullying

This course takes an in-depth look at both bullies, and their victims, bullying prevention strategies, bullying intervention, cyberbullying, bullying and disabilities, why we must do something, and teen psychology.

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Course Description

Combating Bullying: Empowering the Next Generation

The startling numbers reveal a dire scenario: every day, countless students across America dread stepping into their schools, terrorized by the shadows of bullying. The ripple effects are heart-wrenching: shattered self-esteem, disrupted education, and in the grimmest of cases, lost lives. But here's the silver lining: YOU can catalyze the change, ushering in a brighter, safer future for our young minds. Equip yourself with the tools, insights, and strategies by enrolling in our transformative course on tackling middle to high school bullying.

Here's What Awaits You:

  1. Real Stories, Profound Lessons: Delve deep into the heart-wrenching narratives that have shaken our consciousness. Understand the gravity, the extent, and the faces behind the bullying epidemic. Let their stories inspire your mission.

  2. A Panoramic Perspective: Unravel the complex web of bullying. Who's the bully? Who's the victim? Why does it happen? Our course offers a holistic view, addressing the perspectives of all involved: from the bully and the victim to the silent spectators, the concerned parents, and the vigilant educators.

  3. Beyond Physical Spaces - The Digital Realm: In an era of pervasive technology, bullying isn't just confined to school corridors. Grasp the sinister facets of cyberbullying and learn strategies to combat them.

  4. Empowerment through Peer Programs: Harness the unparalleled power of peer influence. Discover innovative, youth-led programs such as peer advocacy and teen court, which tap into the strength of collective action.

  5. Bullying & Disabilities: Understand the amplified vulnerability of students with disabilities and how we can foster an inclusive, empathetic environment.

  6. The Psychology Behind Actions: Get a nuanced grasp of teen psychology, providing insights into the mindset of both the aggressor and the aggrieved, thereby aiding preventive and rehabilitative strategies.

  7. Strategies for Intervention & Prevention: From early detection to active intervention, equip yourself with best practices, tools, and frameworks to create bullying-free zones.

Who Should Enroll?

Educators, students, parents, community leaders, or simply anyone committed to eradicating this menace—this course is your beacon. Whether you're directly affected or are a concerned bystander, your intervention can make a world of difference.

Bullying is not just a personal crisis; it's a societal challenge. Let's transform our educational spaces into sanctuaries of growth, collaboration, and respect. Start this metamorphic journey today and become the beacon of change for tomorrow's generation.

Course Motivation

Tween and teen bullying has become a problem that has reached alarming levels. While some people claim that teasing, and even bullying, among middle and high school students has always been around, others claim it's gotten worse. Some people would argue that it's gotten much worse, and if we don't as a society begin to do something about it, we are raising a generation of people who will live with the consequences that bullying behavior brings about. 

There are a lot of consequences that the nation is facing when it comes to bullying at the middle and high school level. One scan of the weekly news highlights from around the nation will yield stories, most of them somber ones that tell the dark tales of teens and tweens being bullied to the brink. 

Take, for example, Rachel Ehmke, Joel Morales, and Whitney Kropp. All three of these people were bullied in their middle and high schools and were pushed to the edge. Rachel, a seventh-grader from Minnesota who had been bullied for a while, hanged herself because she couldn't get the bullying to stop, despite her parents and the school believing that she was working through the bullying issues. Joel, a 12-year-old boy from East Harlem also hanged himself because of the bullying he was enduring at school.  

Whitney Kropp's story ends on a happier note. From Michigan, others in her high school would bully her, and they pulled a prank that almost led to her death. As a joke, they voted her to be on the homecoming court for their school. She contemplated suicide over the bullying prank, but her family convinced her instead to take a different route. They, and others in their small community, supported her in standing up to the bullies by taking the honor of participating in that homecoming court at the festivities. She took the role on the homecoming court, made headlines around the nation, and became a role model for standing up to bullying. Her story is a happy one, but most bullying stories do not end on such a happy note. 

So what is it that makes tweens and teens engage in bullying behaviors? What makes some kids decide to end their life over the bullying? How do you get a teen like Whitney Kropp to stand up to the bullying and turn it all around? And how do we as a parent, teacher, community, and country, stand up to bullying so that we can protect the youth of our nation? These are the questions that will be answered throughout this course. The answers to these questions can be the difference in how bullying is perceived in your community, handled at your school, and may even be the difference in life or death when it comes to the outcome for the bullied victim. We will look at everything from how bullying is defined, to how peer advocacy can be created, and many issues in between. 

What is Bullying?

Although bullying is a term that many people are familiar with, they may not know exactly the term includes. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bullying is behavior that takes place when a person or group repeatedly try to harm someone they perceive as being weaker than they are. Bullying may include teasing, hitting, taunting, name calling, excluding someone, and spreading rumors about someone. Bullying can be both physical and verbal. 

Decades ago bullying existed, but it was a term that we didn't hear about nearly as much as today. People used to assume, and many still do, that the behaviors included in bullying are just part of growing up, and that they are something that everyone goes through. This idea can be harmful, especially to those who overlook the dangers involved in bullying. Tweens and teens who are bullied may go on to engage in violent behavior, commit suicide, or may go on to have a variety of social problems as they become adults.  

The impact of bullying can be far reaching and last a lifetime. Because of this, it is important that it always be taken seriously and addressed immediately. Bullying is a form of abuse. It is emotional abuse and can lead to both physical and mental health issues. 

The Bullying Facts

The term bullying has become well known in recent years. This isn't because bullying wasn't taking place a couple of decades ago, because it was. As people have learned how important an issue it is, they have raise the awareness about it, as well as worked on ways to help people prevent and address it. We hear about it more today because we have better and quicker access to the news stories that ring out from around the nation about bullying. 

Bullying is happening more than most parents and teachers would care to believe. It's an ongoing problem that is taking place not only on school grounds, but it also happens in neighborhoods, on playgrounds, and even at the local mall or theater. Bullying even takes place when the victim is spending time with family, or napping on the sofa. This is because cyber-bullying has become a major issue, which we will discuss in Lesson 8. 

According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, about half of all children are bullied at some point during their school years. The academy also reports that around 10 percent of students are bullied regularly. Additional facts surrounding bullying by the National Association of School Psychologists find that: 

  • Bullying is the most common form of violence that takes place in our country.
  • Of those who have been bullied, two-thirds feel the school responded poorly to the problem.
  • They also report that 25 percent of teachers find nothing wrong with bullying or teasing and only end up intervening in around 4 percent of the incidents. 
Where it Happens

Bullying most commonly happens on school grounds. But there are other places it can happen, as well. It can happen at home (through cyber-bullying), in the neighborhood, on the school bus, or any place where tweens and teens are meeting up. If they are going to the movies, the mall, or to a community function, it can take place. Once there are a number of tweens and teens gathering in one place there is an increased risk that bullying can happen. 

Because bullying today takes place beyond the school grounds, it is important that parents and those in the community also be aware of it and know how to prevent it, as well as to address it if it does happen. Cyber-bullying is a growing trend that has taken some of the bullying outside of the school walls and put it in the hands of the victim, wherever they may be.  

That being said, the majority of bullying still takes place on school grounds. As such, the National Crime Prevention Council reports that each day in America, there are 160,000 students who miss school because they fear bullying. This is an issue that is impacting our middle and high school students both at school, and when they are at home. 

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: The Facts on Tween and Teen Bullying

In this lesson you will be introduced to what bullying is and how often it happens. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Motives for Taking this Course
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The Reach of the Problem

In this lesson you will take a look at how far-reaching bullying is, and how communities are impacted. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Understanding the Victim

In this lesson we will look at the victims of bullying, including who gets bullied and the risk factors. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Who Bullies?

In this lesson we will look at who it is that bullies, including how to tell if your child is bullying someone. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: How Parents, Teachers, Communities Can Help

In this lesson we will look at the various ways that parents, teachers and those in the community can help when it comes to bullying. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Bullying Prevention Strategies

This lesson looks at effective bullying prevention strategies that schools and communities can employ. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Bullying Intervention

In this lesson we will look at bullying intervention and what can be done to address bullying already taking place. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Bullying's New Twist

This lesson focuses on high-tech bullying and what can be done about it. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Bullying and Disabilities

This lesson looks at how bullying impacts those students who have disabilities. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Why Something Must Be Done

This lesson focuses on why something must be done about bullying. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Teen Psychology: Understanding Their Thinking

This lesson focuses on teen psychology and why it's so important to the issue of bullying. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Peer Advocacy

This final lesson looks at the idea of peer advocacy, why it's needed, and how it can be started. 43 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the facts on tween and teen bullying.
  • Recognize the reach of the problem of bullying and what to understand regarding the victims.
  • Determine who bullies and why.
  • Summarize how parents, teachers, and communities can help.
  • Describe bullying prevention strategies.
  • Describe methods for bullying intervention.
  • Summarize bullying and how it affects people with disabilities.
  • Describe teen psychology and peer advocacy.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Middle and High School Bullying
Course Number: 8900184
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (1,054 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, and Texas.
Last Updated: October 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.4 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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Student Testimonials

  • "I really loved each lesson and the entire course has informed me a lot about bullying and its effects. I can put everything I learned into real world situations." -- Carole B.
  • "Prior to taking this course, I had an opportunity to take the Bullying in Elementary School course. While I already had a foundation, this course of Middle and High School Bullying provided additional insights which helped me understand deeply. I plan on further training and empowering my employees to strengthen awareness. Have a good plan of action for incidental situation is paramount in protecting our children, youth, and teens. The course was well designed, easy to understand, and overall extremely informative. Thank you." -- Glen P.
  • "Thank you for providing this course. It was useful and I enjoyed learning about bullying." -- Yuko N.
  • "I think this course should be taught in all schools." -- Kyleigh E.
  • "The instructor is very nice and knowledgeable." -- Joyce S.