Last year, we implemented the OLWEUS Bully Prevention Program with our students. The program is an award winning method of helping to prevent bullying behaviors and deal with the behaviors when they happen. The program was created by Dr. Dan Olweus, and several Whitfield County schools have used the program to help make students, educators, and parents more aware of what bullying is and how it can be prevented. If you'd like more information, feel free to click the link below.
One of the biggest concerns of parents is when they feel their child is being "bullied." In many cases, we [adults] can mistake bullying behavior from other behaviors. From the OLWEUS website, here is a great definition of bullying behavior:
Dan Olweus, creator of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, defines bullying in his book, Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do:
"A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself."
This definition includes three important components:
1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
2. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
3. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
Check out the following website for more details on the OLWEUS program, and ask your student about our bullying rules and weekly class meetings.