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What Makes Effective and Ineffective Anti-bullying Programs? With studies researching anti-bullying programs showing inconsistent results, parents and schools alike should continue to work together to face increasing concerns about school-based bullying. By comparing effective and ineffective programs, anti-bullying advocates can make the first move in overcoming this aging problem thriving in U.S. schools. What Makes an Ineffective Anti-bullying Program? Schools that consider harassment and unrelenting teasing as “typical” childhood behavior produce a good climate for negative peer relationships. Ineffective programs give space for individual interpretation on “girls acting like girls” and “boys acting like boys.”
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Among the most harmful ambiguities in present anti-bullying practice burdens the victim with the responsibility of advocating for their needs and defending themselves against bullies. By encouraging victims to stand up to bullies, educators, and even parents, are indirectly saying that the victims’ problems are a result of their own social deficiencies. Furthermore, this kind of focus can actually put victims in a dangerous position.
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Ineffective anti-bullying programs focus strictly on case-to-case incidents of bullying. To address the root of bullying, schools should initiate a school culture centered on tolerance and acceptance. Add to that, most bullying incidents will happen right under the nose of school staff. Quite scary, but because it is impossible to “be everywhere” and “see everything,” options for intervening in all bullying situations are limited. Educators should be firm and consistent with their anti-bullying policies. The whole institution must unite against bullying, or bullies will always find areas where they can physically and emotionally harm their victims. What Makes an Effective Anti-bullying Program? Effective anti-bullying programs are geared for the entire school environment and not merely specific peer interactions. Such programs not just teach students appropriate communication and positive social leadership techniques, but go to the extent of redesigning school hallways and classrooms in a way that promotes a sense of community and acceptance. Several programs are designed specifically to work on school environments that are ripe for bullying and generally negative behavior. An effective program makes use of supports and strategies at all fronts – from students and classrooms to anti-bullying teams of which educators and students are members. Some of the best school-based bully prevention programs use a systemic approach, focusing on all level components, from community to individual to classroom to school. In supportive anti-bully programs, perpetrators are isolated. They have zero tolerance for harassment and bullying and pinpoint clear consequences for students who will commit such offenses. One of the most crucial, and often ignored, pieces of the anti-bullying puzzle centers on school and domestic partnerships. To eradicate bullying, parents and educators should both be consistent against negative peer interactions, and there should be increased communication with parents in the school’s actions against bullying incidents.