|Introducing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program|
What is the Olweus
Bullying Prevention Program?
of the best ways to address bullying prevention in schools is to implement an
evidence-based bullying prevention program. Evidence-based means the program
has gone through rigorous evaluations effectively demonstrating that the
program results in positive outcomes.
Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is the most researched and best-known
bullying prevention program available today. With over thirty-five years of research
and successful implementation all over the world, OBPP is a whole-school
program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school
is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes
methods to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support.
School administrators, teachers, and other staff are primarily responsible for
introducing and implementing the program. These efforts are designed to improve
peer relations and make the school a safer and more positive place for students
to learn and develop.
What are the Goals of OBPP?
has three main goals. They are to reduce existing bullying problems among
students, prevent the development of new bullying problems, and to achieve
better peer relations at school.
achieve these goals, OBPP includes four anti-bullying rules for the entire
school community to follow:
- We will not bully others.
- We will try to help
students who are bullied.
- We will try to include
students who are left out.
- If we know that someone is
being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
posted around the schools and memorized by the students, these rules, along
with the rest of the program, are effective in reducing and preventing
What are the Effects of OBPP?
Research has shown how successful implementation of the
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program can reduce school bullying. Results
Fifty percent or more reductions in student
reports of being bullied and bullying others. Peer and teacher ratings of
bullying problems have shown similar results.
Significant reductions in student reports of
general antisocial behavior such as school bullying, vandalism, school
violence, fighting, theft, and truancy.
Significant improvements in the classroom social
climate as reflected in students' reports of improved order and discipline,
more positive social relationships, and more positive attitudes toward
schoolwork and school.
Greater support for students who are bullied,
and stronger, more effective interventions for students who bully.
When implementing OBPP with fidelity, this award-winning program will effectively
reduce and prevent bullying in your school. For more information visit the Minnesota Bullying Prevention Initiative, call 651-999-7310 or toll free at 800-642-6807.