(PRWEB) October 27, 2011
A 2010 report shows that 93 percent of children ages 8 to 18 have computers at home, 66 percent have personal cell phones (on which they are more likely to text than talk), and 76 percent own another multimedia device, such as an iPod. Unfortunately, cyberbullying has followed this wave of technology. A recent research study reports that in 2007 over 40% of teens said that they had experienced cyberbullying in the previous year. The effects of cyberbullying can be devastating and may include isolation, anxiety, and depression. School attendance and performance may also suffer. Several tragic cyberbullying-related suicides have brought about much needed attention to the problem and a push for education and response.
Unlike traditional bullying, cyberbullying is a relative newcomer. Much of the technology involved is new and frequently changes. The result is that most parents and educators have limited experience with recognizing, understanding, and handling these online attacks.
To help increase educators’ and parents’ knowledge of cyberbullying, MindCross Training has opened up their Cyberbullying Primer course to the public. The online course is available from any computer with Internet access and a web browser. The course is free, does not require registration, and is available 24/7. It will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete.
"MindCross would like to play a part in responding to the widespread increase of cyberbullying,” says Scott Hutton, Training Director for MindCross Training. “The Cyberbullying Primer course provides a basic understanding and can help parents and educators learn more about how to recognize and respond.” The Cyberbullying Primer is part of the Professional Development Online Training Program for New Jersey Educators, which was developed specifically for New Jersey schools. The program contains five training courses along with administrative and reporting capabilities. Bullying, youth suicide prevention, alcohol and drug abuse, and child abuse and neglect courses are the other courses in the Professional Development Online Training series.
The training program designed for school faculty and staff was developed in partnership with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of Middlesex County, Inc . and is currently being used by many New Jersey schools and districts. New Jersey school districts and schools looking to meet the State’s requirement for the Anti-Bullying Act and more can get more information about bullying education on the MindCross website or by contacting MindCross at 304.725.2617.
MindCross Training is a boutique provider of innovative learning solutions for all organizations large or small. MindCross customized offerings are focused on reducing the cost of training while maximizing results. MindCross focuses on building training solutions that engages the learner and promote educational success. MindCross has been helping clients implement successful training solutions for over 10 years. Additional information can be found at the MindCross website.