I recently contacted Marlene Snyder, Director of Development for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. I wanted to know more on what I could do as a parent as well as what teachers could do to assist in the prevention of bullying. She recommended visiting the following sites:
She also recommended encouraging your local school to consider using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Some states require schools to have an anti bullying program. Even if your state does not require this, teacher and parent advocacy could help begin a program like this at your school.
If you have ever been the parent of a child being bullied you know the fear and helplessness a parent feels. And if you have ever been the parent of a bully you like wise have had similar feelings.
Recently Clemson University has been conducting research and training in using a model known as the “Olweus Bullying Prevention Program” The have had great success, in some instances showing a reduction in school bullying by as much as 50%.
They also debunk some old myths: It was found bullies are not necessarily unpopular and do not necessarily have low self esteems.
For anyone interested, Dr. Olweus has written a book: Bullying at school: What we know and what we can do.
Also if you are interested contacting a trainer to start the Bullying Prevention Program at your school click here for contact information.