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Life Skills

Peaceful Community: The Science of Civility, Bullying, & Dangers of Social Media

Explore the science of bullying vs. civility in today's culture as it plays out in person and on social media. We evaluate the power structures of various entities that impact individuals and groups & get smart regarding these influences.
"Mrs. Katherine Cardinal" CardinalWISE
5 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Each lesson will begin with a reading or video clip. Students will then discuss their take-aways and opinions in terms of social wellness, civility vs. bullying in person and online. Social media is a huge influence in the lives of adolescents today. We will discuss the pros and cons of social media and unveil the driving force of corporate profits that fuel social media companies to exploit teens and adults who have an inherent human need for social connection. We will attempt to reveal the drawbacks of social media in light of recent understandings of the harm that comes to individuals from the overuse, addictive, and unregulated nature of social media platforms. Beyond this, the aim of this class is that students continue to reference the scientific information and ongoing exploration of these subjects to foster their lifelong learning on this topic so they may ultimately contribute to online and in-person groups in healthy meaningful ways.   

Lesson 1 * Learn about Dan Olweus and his initial research in the Netherlands & Define bullying, target, hierarchy, civility, social wellness. Define what bullying is not. Discuss behaviors that look like bullying due to mental illness, TBI, behavioral health, or dementia.
Lesson 2 * Social Media Self-Experiment. Discuss social media and its impact on the self and in-person relationships. We review current events here and evaluate clickbait and other controls on user behavior. Students experiment with conscious and intentional internet use.
Lesson 3 * Analyze scenarios and determine (tease out) individual incidents vs. the dominant culture in a community.
Lesson 4 * Readings that describe leaders de-escalating bullying & cultivating civility. Rungs on the ladder: bullying escalating to violence
Lesson 5 * Leadership Project: Students will decide what leadership qualities are necessary for civility. Is there a litmus test for civility?
Lesson 6 * Discuss how bullying affects marginalized people; DEI terminology presented. Discuss the treatment of the most vulnerable.
Lesson 7 * Discrimination & empathy: innate or taught? Carefully Taught"(South Pacific) Maslow's Hierarchy, 1960s eye color experiment
Lesson 8 * Discuss power structures, influential institutions, soft power vs. hard power, ethical leadership & public disinformation
UMass Boston’s Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies Gerontology department recognized my capstone project with an award in 2015 for research on social wellness and bullying across the lifespan. I have since helped author two professional publications (a book and graduate-level textbook) for doctoral professors in Arizona and Virginia on social wellness and bullying in aging services. In 2021 I decided to teach online for Outschool since I have enjoyed wonderful success teaching ESL students on the other side of the globe since 2018. Other experiences include work as a paraprofessional special ed teacher in my daughter’s elementary school along with volunteering for two years in the kindergarten literacy program. Being a room parent and field trip chaperone throughout my own child's elementary and middle school years has been positive. Teaching online and connecting with students around the world brings me great joy. I look forward to inspiring and teaching your student. 

Further biographical information: after obtaining my undergraduate degree in psychology from Skidmore College, I worked with college students in residence life as a dorm director and special interest housing coordinator at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Following this, the experiences which prepared me most for this class in Outschool revolves around working with high school students living in congregate housing. I spent the better part of two decades advising students academically, vocationally, and socially in a therapeutic milieu setting. In addition to staff training and in-service workshops on topics related to behavioral health and wellness, I became a senior staff member and ran bi-weekly groups designed to teach life skills and coping strategies. I negotiated social dilemmas between and among students and helped students get back on track academically. As a co-leader of art therapy groups, I worked alongside a licensed art therapist, I developed policies and procedures for the licensed group home in compliance with the State of Connecticut and have been a mandated reporter in both social work and my gerontology profession for thirty years.

Students will view video clips, read excerpts from scientific studies, and engage in discussions based on current events and the curriculum presented.  Students will refrain from reporting or discussing any personal incidents. The class is not designed to address students' personal incidents of bullying. The goal is to have students understand the dynamics which influence peace and civility in order to thoughtfully participate in civil personal, group, and online behavior as they mature into adulthood. They may even be able to influence the adults in their lives in positive ways with regard to what they learn. 
BOOK - Peaceful Community Pocket Guide: Prevent Lifespan Bullying and Improve Social Climate by K.P. Cardinal AND article:
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
A certificate of completion will be given to each student based on thoughtful engagement & learning determined by 4 factors:
1. Taking turns reading aloud in class or posting in real-time in the chat.
2. Thoughtful oral or written chat responses based on the curriculum content.
3. Social Media Experiment: Each Student will be asked to conduct their own social media experiment whereby they test their ability to limit and or avoid social media for a period of time determined by them and reflect on how this increases or decreases their sense of contentment. Students are not required to report on the results of their own experiment but may do so if they choose.
4. Leadership Project - we evaluate leadership qualities that enhance social wellness and discuss a list of qualities found in such leaders.
Congratulations! After attendance and participation in classes: 
You are eligible to receive a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION for this course. 
*Please note, Students are only able to participate in class with continued civility as demonstrated in thoughtful written responses which show respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion and are in keeping with Outschool policy. Students who disregard policies will be removed from class. Thank you.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Sensitive topics regarding bullying, physical and psychological harm will potentially be discussed. Please be advised this class is for mature students who are not intending to navigate or reveal their own personal struggles with bullying during class. The idea is for students to educate themselves on the subject matter by understanding the scientific research conducted over the last several decades. Learners are then able to better articulate what is happening in their own environments with trusted adults separate from the Outschool class. Please note the refund policy for this class is MODERATE and is spelled out as follows: Full refund until a week in advance or within 24 hours of purchase (until the class begins) then a 75% refund within the first week.
"Workbook: Peaceful Community Pocket Guide: Prevent Lifespan Bullying and Improve Social Climate" by the teacher of this class, Mrs. K.P. Cardinal along with sources contained in the references of the book. Mrs. Cardinal is the author and sells "Peaceful Community Pocket Guide" but does not require the purchase of the book to receive the content and take the Outschool class. 


"Mrs. Katherine Cardinal" CardinalWISE
Lives in the United States
Mom, Teacher, Author, Pet Therapy Team (she/her)
5 total reviews
8 completed classes

About Me

OUTSCHOOL lessons by “Peaceful Community Pocket Guide” author Katherine Cardinal, are inspired by nearly two decades of social work experience instructing young people in daily living skills, healthy choices, coping, peer relationships and self... 
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