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  1. Bullying Policies and Prevention Efforts Susan P. Limber, PhD, MLSClemson University

  2. State Laws on Bullying 2

  3. State Laws on Bullying • Require that officials establish & enforce policies against bullying in public schools. • Vary in their definitions and policy requirements and recommendations: • Reporting, immunity for reporting • Investigation • Parental notification • Discipline for children who bully • Training • Prevention

  4. Misdirections in Bullying Prevention & Intervention • Zero tolerance policies • Conflict resolution/peer mediation • Group treatment for children who bully • Simple, short-term solutions

  5. Best Practices in Bullying Prevention & Intervention • Focus on the school’s social environment • Assess bullying • Garner staff and parent support • Have a representative team coordinate efforts • Train all staff • Establish and enforce rules and policies • Increase adult supervision in “hot spots” • Intervene consistently and appropriately • Focus some class time on prevention • Continue efforts over time

  6. Evaluation of Bullying Prevention Programs • Ttofi & Farrington (2008, 2009) meta-analysis: • Rigorous study (included 30 programs, 59 studies, 200+ participants in each) • Conclusions: • School-based programs can be effective (20-23% reduction of bullying). • There are variations in the effects of different programs. • Those “inspired by the work of Dan Olweus worked best.”