Bulling Prevention Program – New Research

Posted on 19 Nov 2009 in Classroom Behavior, Intervention, School Behavior, Special Education, Student Behavior | 2 comments

While I’m the first to acknowledge that there are no simple solution for complex problems such as bullying or other disruptive and dangerous behavior issues that effect our school children, I wanted to share one program that is being received well by school. While no one program will change our schools, bully prevention programs can be effective for targeted school students in conjunction with a school-wide system for preventing behavior problems.

Education Conference

This week the International Bullying Prevention Association is meeting in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazzett reports that:

One report released today by the Highmark Foundation shows that the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program can decrease bullying in schools. The report showed that within three months of starting the program, bullying decreased by 14 percent among elementary students and 25 percent among high school students. After at least six months, 14 percent of middle school students said they would try to help another student who was being bullied.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09321/1014201-100.stm#ixzz0XKAe5DWL


The survey from this foundation was given to 56,000 students and 2,400 teachers, the Olweus program was distributed to over 200 schools. According to the Olweus websit, The Olweus program has been studied since the 1990’s in America and was first introduced in the 1970’s in Norway.

Bully Prevention and PBIS

I mention this article and program because some of the PBIS schools I work with have adopted this program in conjuction with their school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports approach to school. They use it as a secondary or tier 2 intervention for targeted students. It might be worth checking out for your school.

Do you have personal experience with the Olweus program or other bully prevention programs in school? Leave a comment and let me know.

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  1. Joel Emberson / November 19th, 2009 14:11

    Hi Daniel

    You’ve taken a photo from my Flickr feed for this blog post. While I appreciate your interest in my photography, it is clear that the photo is marked “All Rights Reserved”. If you are interested in purchasing a license of this photo, please contact me to discuss. If not, please remove it immediately. I will check back tomorrow to ensure compliance.

    Thank you for your cooperation.
    Joel Emberson

    • mrchuckchuck / November 26th, 2009 10:49

      Thanks for noting this mistake on my part Joel. Most Flickr feeds with embed links are shared by their artist (no embed link means Rights are Reserved). I always link back to the photo feed on flickr if people are interested in seeing more work by that photographer. All the best with your photography.