Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Successful anti-bullying program hasn’t been tried in the Poconos

Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, PA), May 23  

"In the fight against bullying and cyberbullying, scores of schools across Pennsylvania have seized on a highly regarded program — but it's been absent from the Poconos. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program aims to reduce and prevent bullying problems in schools by changing the culture within them. Local school districts have anti-bullying policies in place that declare zero tolerance, and some have adopted anti-cyberbullying curricula. But Olweus systematically applies its anti-bullying strategy and measures its impact. Schools using Olweus might administer anonymous questionnaires to gauge the nature and prevalence of bullying; host discussions about bullying in school; form a bullying prevention coordinating committee; and supervise students at 'hot spots' for bullying in the school.'
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