Monday, March 27, 2017
Providing a safe and bully-free atmosphere is important for student learning. Even with the school's best efforts, bullying can affect the safety and well being of the entire student population. In order to prevent bullying, it needs to be addressed at every level of a student's experience. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a school wide program aimed at preventing or reducing bullying throughout the school setting.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include reducing existing bullying problems among students, preventing new bullying problems, and achieving better peer relations at school. Schools across the country and around the world have experienced positive results from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
Dr. Dan Olweus, a research professor of psychology from Norway, is often considered the "pioneer" in bullying research. He has spent several decades researching the issue of bullying to help keep children safe in schools and other settings. Due to the program's success in Norway and other countries, Dr. Dan Olweus began working closely with American colleagues in the mid 1990s to evaluate and implement the program in the United States. With the help of Dr. Susan P. Limber of Clemson University in South Carolina and others, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program was adapted and implemented for U.S. schools with positive results.