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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