P101 Introduction to Bullying for Parents Course Overview
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For parents with children in school, bullying is a major concern today. New parents are often filled with anxiety at the thought of their children entering school for the first time. They want their children to be happy and to like school. They want their children to fit in and to have success, but when their child comes home upset and scared because they are being bullied, they feel very disappointed that such a thing could happen to their child at school. After all, isn't school supposed to be a safe place where kids can learn and develop to their full potential? Parents of older children often feel that the school system is not doing enough to address the safety and well-being of their children. They can feel frustrated and even angry that the school is not doing enough to deal with the issue of bullying.

Schools are trying, and many are taking steps to address the problem, but many of the schools who are trying to be proactive are implementing big-picture, long-term solutions, while victims and their parents (and bullies and their parents) need responses that help immediately.

This course will help parents better understand the issue of bullying and develop strategies for supporting their children and for working with their child's school to better address bullying in their local schools and communities.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In Article 29, the Convention specifies that education shall be directed to:

The preparation of the child for responsible life in a free society, in the spirit of understanding, peace, tolerance, equality of the sexes, and friendship among all peoples, ethnic, national and religious groups and persons of indigenous origin.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also addresses the rights of children who are at the receiving end of bullying and harassment. Article 19 of the Convention states:

Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.

As parents, we have the responsibility to guide and support our children to ensure they develop positive attitudes and behaviours so that they can achieve their potential as human beings and as citizens of our society. This course will help parents better support their children and enable them to achieve this potential.

This course will be offered on an ongoing basis to parents and concerned citizens around the world.

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E101: Introduction to Bullying for Educators Course Overview
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Bullying is one of the most important issues facing our families, schools, communities and society today, yet many teachers-in-training and experienced educators have not taken a class, let alone a course about this issue. This course will help educators better understand the issue of bullying and develop strategies for addressing bullying in their schools. The course will be based on the premise that an educator's primary professional duty is to help students learn, and students who are scared cannot reach their potential as learners.

This course will provide educators an introduction to some of the world's best research, information, helpful resources and practical strategies about bullying.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In Article 29, the Convention specifies that education shall be directed to:

The preparation of the child for responsible life in a free society, in the spirit of understanding, peace, tolerance, equality of the sexes, and friendship among all peoples, ethnic, national and religious groups and persons of indigenous origin.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child also addresses the rights of children who are at the receiving end of bullying and harassment. Article 19 of the Convention states:

Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.

As professional educators, we have the responsibility to educate children to ensure they develop positive attitudes and behaviours and avoid using their power to bully or keep others from achieving their potential as learners and as citizens of our society.

This course will be offered on an ongoing basis to student teachers and experienced professional educators around the world.

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