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Olweus bullying prevention program

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Steve Ebert

Meredith Gernerd

Olweus overview
Olweus Overview

  • Researched based program created by Dr. Dan Olweus designed to reduce bullying in schools and make schools a safer, more positive place where students can learn.

  • Preventative and responsive program designed for all students

  • Focused on restructuring the school setting through systematic efforts implemented over time

Program components
Program Components





Definition of bullying
Definition of Bullying

  • Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or harmful things to another person who has a hard time defending him or herself.

  • Bullying Behaviors: Name-calling, teasing, leaving others out, cyber bullying, physical bullying, excluding, taking others things, threats, intimidation

Olweus bullying questionnaire
Olweus Bullying Questionnaire

  • Location of hotspots

  • Patterns for girls and boys

  • Insights into school climate

  • Information to assess supervision

  • Adult and student attitudes about bullying

  • Impact of bullying on students

School wide components
School Wide Components

  • Forming of BPCC (Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee)

  • Olweus Bullying Questionnaire for students - Looks at trends from report

  • Trainings: BPCC, Staff, Support staff, bus drivers, lunch aides, recess aides, etc.

  • Kick off Day

  • School wide rules (Posted and enforced)

  • Refine school’s supervisory system (make sure hot spots are being monitored)

  • Classroom Lessons

Our schools anti bullying rules
Our Schools Anti Bullying Rules

1. We will not bully others.

2. We will try to help students who are bullied.

3. We will try to include students who are left out.

4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

Think about it
Think About It….

Name: ________________

Describe your actions that led up to the situation.

Tell us about your thoughts and feelings that lead to your actions.

If this situation happens again, explain to use how you are going to handle it differently.

Student Signature

Teacher Signature

Wms anti bullying program

WMS Anti-Bullying Program

Why are we doing this?

Why are we canceling all classes today (Kickoff Day)

to address bullying???

Students are being bullied
Students are being bullied!

  • 953 participated in the survey, October 2010.

  • 106 students report being bullied several times weekly.

    106 students is equivalent to each below:

    4 full classes of students, almost 3 full buses, 2 football teams, more than 10 basketball teams, 2 middle school bands, and about the whole 5th grade at Shady Grove!

  • 50 students actually admitted to verbally bullying others intending to cause harm, several times monthly.

  • 17 students admitted that they regularly bully others physically, several times monthly.

  • 265 students (171girls, 94 boys) FEAR coming to school on any given day because of bullying.

What are you doing to help
What are YOU doing to help?

  • Of the 953 students who participated in the survey, 833 said they feel sorry and want to help when they see someone being bullied…

    …however ONLY 26 students reported that they’ve seen students regularly try to stop bullying, or help in another way.

Attitudes about bullying
Attitudes About Bullying

  • 111 students reported that they “don’t feel much” or that the victim “probably deserves it”

  • 295 students reported that they would, might, or are not sure, when asked if they would join the bullying of a student they did not like.

What would change if we shut the bullies down
What would change if we shut the bullies down?

  • Attendance rates would improve

  • All students could learn

  • Students would not fear WMS

  • Pain, suffering, sadness, and discipline would decrease

  • We could embrace, befriend, and learn from “different” people!

  • More? What do you think?

We all own this let today set the stage
We All Own This,Let Today Set the Stage!

The Kick-Off Day, Today, September 23rd:

*Two powerful assemblies

*Conversations about bullying at WMS

*“What/Who is Olweus???”

*Small groups (fun) activities

*Formal commitment/pledge to make WMS safer!


Class meetings
Class Meetings

  • Middle School link for Class Lessons

  • http://olweus-antibullying.wikispaces.com/

Reporting bullying
Reporting Bullying

I saw bullying behavior when _______ was _____________.

Bullying Behaviors: Teasing, name calling, excluding, threats, taking someone's things, intimidation, cyber bullying, physical bullying

On the spot intervention
On the Spot Intervention

  • Step 1: “Stop”

  • Step 2: “__________ are you ok?”

  • Step 3: Speak and name the behavior to the bully.

  • Step 4: The bullied person can be sent back to class and told we will follow up shortly.

  • Step 5: Communicate to the bully that you will speak to them shortly.

Classroom components
Classroom Components

  • Rules and definition posted in classroom

  • Discussions on the difference between bullying, rough and tumble play, good natured teasing etc.

  • Role playing on how to handle bullying situations

  • Classroom Meeting- Assigned day, time, topic

Other components
Other Components…

Individual Components


Parent Speaker – night before KO day

‘Guiding Good Choices’ program - handout

  • Keep the momentum going after KO day

  • Annual survey to see how your school is doing

  • Annual KO day

  • Ongoing committees and plans

How is it going
How is it going?

Elementary Level

Middle School

Question and Answer