ERIC Number: ED479261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Bullying Prevention Is Crime Prevention. A Report by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.
Kass, David; Evans, Phil; Shah, Rita
Asserting that prevention and intervention efforts to reduce bullying can serve to reduce later criminal behavior and save lives, this report identifies programs that have reduced bullying by as much as half and cut future arrests in half, and urges schools to invest in these programs. Chapter 1 of the report defines bullying and presents information on the incidence of bullying, noting about 30 percent of children are either bullies, victims of bullies, or both. Chapter 2 details the consequences of bullying--including depression, suicide, crime, and violence-- and argues that bullying is an early warning sign of criminal behavior. Chapter 3 describes one anti-bullying and two anti-aggression programs that strive to put youth onto a trajectory toward success in school, strong social ties, and productive lives and that have provided evidence of success from well-designed evaluations--the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers, and The Incredible Years program. Other promising programs are described, including the Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders program and Operation Respect. This chapter also offers tips for developing new programs, including the active involvement of the principal and the adequate supervision of children and youth, especially in locations where most bullying incidents occur. The use of ineffective strategies is discouraged, such as peer mediation, zero tolerance policies, or advising victims to "stand up to bullies." Chapter 4 claims that the proven programs are relatively inexpensive to implement, given their results. The report concludes by urging schools to implement effective anti-bullying and anti-violence programs to prevent bullying and future violence. (Contains 56 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Change, Bullying, Change Strategies, Child Safety, Children, Crime Prevention, Prevention, Program Descriptions, School Safety, Victims of Crime
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2000 P Street, NW, Suite 240, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-776-0027; Fax: 202-776-0110; Web site: http://www.fightcrime.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.; Chicago Community Trust, IL.; Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Freddie Mac Foundation, McLean, VA.; Grable Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.
Authoring Institution: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Washington, DC.