ERIC Number: ED470431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Bullying Prevention. What Works in Preventing School Violence.
Skiba, Russell; Fontanini, Angela
Bullying is a serious matter involving a substantial number of students. Most bullying occurrences are undetected or ignored, leading to detrimental physical and psychological effects for victims, as well as school climate. Teachers intervene in only 4 percent of all incidents. Well-conducted, comprehensive bullying prevention programs can be effective in reducing the number of bullying incidents and creating a climate that discourages bullying behavior. Bullying prevention programs use measures at the school, classroom, and individual levels to send a message that bullying is not acceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. Effective programs require awareness and adult involvement. Such programs have been found to be effective in reducing bullying incidents by as much as 50 percent, while decreasing general antisocial behavior and increasing students' satisfaction with their school. Schools seeking to implement bullying prevention programs should conduct an assessment of the problem in their individual school and plan training, materials, and curricula accordingly. Through ongoing implementation and evaluation, administrators can adjust policies and track effectiveness of their program, while maintaining a schoolwide commitment to reduce or eliminate bullying and harassment. (RT)
Descriptors: Bullying, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Prevention, Program Effectiveness, Violence
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Education Policy Center.; Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.
Note: Part of the Safe and Responsive Schools Project Fact Sheet Series.