Massachusetts Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention

"I just want the bullying to stop.

 That is all I ever wanted.

 I used to love going to school.

 Now I hate it."

(9-year-old V. Ward quoted in the
Sunday Telegraph, 12 March 2000)

Prevention Programs

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP)
OBPP is a system-wide approach that teaches school administrators and staff ways to reduce bullying and cyberbullying in elementary, middle and high schools improve peer relationships and improve school culture. OBPP components work at four levels:
  • Community: involving parents and the larger community in supporting the bullying prevention initiative
  • School-wide: including a survey to assess the prevalence of bullying; a school-wide Bullying Prevention Committee to direct the program; and a comprehensive system to supervise students
  • Classroom: including establishing classroom rules; holding classroom meetings to discuss bullying issues and encourage pro-social behaviors; and meeting with parents to encourage their involvement
  • Individual: including interventions with all students involved in bullying behavior
OBPP is a research-based bullying prevention program with 30 years of quantitative data documenting its effectiveness. OBPP is widely recognizes as a model program by:
  • The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
  • The Blueprints for Violence Prevention Project (University of Colorado)
  • The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Cyberbullying Prevention Training
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that occurs through email, instant messaging, in a chat room, social media on a web site or through digital messages or images that are sent to a cellular phone or personal digital assistant (PDA). These training sessions focus on helping caregivers recognize the ways that cyberbullying can happen, how to prevent it; how to help someone who has been victimized or how to counsel those who have participated in this behavior.

Bullying Awareness Workshops & Prevention Seminars
Bullying Awareness Workshops begin the process of bullying prevention by inspiring parents and the community to start a program in the classroom or pre-school, on the sports field, or anywhere bullying is a concern. Bullying Prevention Seminars give teachers, early childhood education providers, school counselors, coaches, school-age childcare practitioners and parents the tools they need to prevent bullying behavior.
  • Resources to share with and empower parents, coaches, and school staff
  • Intervention messages that tell students their bullying behavior is unacceptable
  • Methods of “fostering courage” and using “proactive bystanders” to help identify bullying
  • Strategies and curriculum-related activities to help children deal with and stop bullying
Dr. D’Antona works with the school superintendent, principals and/or teachers to develop the most appropriate program elements for building a safe, bullying-free environment.
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