Bullying Prevention Programs From Around the World: Lessons to Be Learned. Debra Pepler Scientific Co-Director, PREVNet York University & HSC www.prevnet.ca. Imagine a world without bullying. Where going to school, or to the playground is always treasured, never feared.
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Scientific Co-Director, PREVNet
York University & HSC
Imagine a world to Be Learned
Where going to school, or to the playground is to Be Learned
always treasured, never feared.
Where all children to Be Learned
have safe and healthy relationships.
It’s happening … to Be Learned
YOUTH’S STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES
On average involvement in bullying changes from 1 in 17 to 1 in 30 students
On average victimization changes from 1 in 9 to 1 in 25 students
Our Lessons Learned Vision
Identify bullying early to prevent later problems
Respond consistently when bullying is observed (teaching moment)
Build skills, awareness, empathy & insights
Provide alternatives to gaining power though bullying
Promote healthy relationships by finding positive contexts for troubled youth.
Clear policies on bullying – consistently applied
Safety and intervention plans
Early intervention programs, such as Alsaker’s kindergarten program in Switzerland and O’Moore’s primary school program in Ireland may prevent children from falling onto stable bullying and/or victimization pathways.
Stronger effects in primary compared to secondary schools in many countries perhaps due to stage and structure of school (fewer connections between adults and students).
Need prevention programs in middle school, before adolescent forms of bullying arise.
Lessons on respectful relationships and social responsibility are required throughout high school.
US: Expect Respect - Barri Rosenbluth , Nan Stein – sexual harassment
Canada: Fourth R – David Wolfe for: peer and dating violence, healthy sexuality, and substance use.
The most successful bullying prevention programs had:
Training for school staff is essential
Lessons five times per year with visits from police, firefighters, paramedics, athletes. Positive effects, manuals free online! www.rocksolid.bc.ca
Kandersteg Declaration Against Victimization in Children and Youth
We the participants at the Joint Efforts Against Bullying Conference in Kandersteg in June 8th to 10th, 2007 pledge our long term commitment and determination to promote healthy relationships and prevent bullying and victimization in children and youth.
Today, an estimated 200 million children and youth around the world are being abused by their peers.
Every child and youth has the right to be respected and safe. Bullying is a violation of this basic human right.
It is the moral responsibility of adults to ensure these rights are honored and that healthy development and citizenship are promoted. Many adults want more understanding and strategies to address bullying problems effectively.
Bullying is a form of aggression, involving the abuse of power in relationships. It is recognized globally as a complex and serious problem. It has many faces, including the use of emerging technologies, and varies by age, gender, and culture.
Children and youth involved in bullying suffer. Bullying and victimization problems begin early in life and for some last a lifetime.
Many risk and protective factors associated with bullying are known and prevention programs are being implemented in several countries with encouraging results.
The mental and physical health, social, and academic consequences of bullying have an enormous impact on human and social capital. The costs of bullying burden our education, health care, social services, and criminal justice systems, as well as work force productivity and innovation.
Bullying concerns and affects us all.
Creating a world problem
without bullying starts with each of us …
Thank you for your contribution!