Middle Childhood

1. After completing the reading for this week, your assignment is to consider the following:

Do some research on your own to investigate the prevalence of bullying in the middle school population. Search online to find a local or national resource or campaign dedicated to reducing the incidence of bullying in any form (i.e., physical, emotional, social, ethnically, culturally, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic based). What did you glean from your investigation? What are some risk factors of youth for becoming a bully or a victim? What is the connection between bullying and mental health? What can we do collectively as a community to help reduce it’s incidence? Be sure to share the site you found.

Write a short answer response of about 1-2 paragraphs (minimum 150 words) about it.


2. After your 150 word post, end your post with an open-ended question (i.e., a “how, what, when, why” question that requires more than a one word answer) to encourage discussion on the topic covered that week. For instance, you could pose a question asking for examples (i.e., “I’m pursuing a career in education, I’m wondering how this theory/research/perspective can be used in the classroom. Anyone have any ideas?”), help understanding a topic (i.e., “How do you explain the difference between a sensitive and critical period of development?”), or ways to relate to or apply the topic (i.e., “In what ways has this topic personally affected you and your behavior?” or “I had always thought about this topic much differently, has anyone else found their thoughts on this topic have changed? How so?”).

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