(To quote my friend Nancy Willard: “Lisa has been working for the past 3 years on an evaluation of the effectiveness
of the US DOJ-funded Internet safety education programs. I will be very excited to read this evaluation.” So will I. Look for a link to the study on this site when it comes out. – Mike Tully)
By Lisa Jones | Dec 17th, 2012
Lately, it seems that barely a week can go by without a terrible case of bullying showing up in newspaper headlines. Bullying is not a new problem, and research shows that youth bullying behavior has actually decreased over the last couple of decades. Nonetheless, public awareness of bullying seems to be at an all-time high, perhaps because we better understand how much it can negatively affect children. Increased awareness is certainly a good thing, but how do we make sure it translates into effective prevention programs and strategies delivered to the youth who need it most?
Many people are looking to schools for help, and there are great examples of comprehensive bullying prevention efforts in schools—improvements to policy, staff training and youth prevention education, increased reporting options, and student surveys to monitor the effects of those improvements. These efforts can make a difference for children, but to work, they have to be implemented fully and consistently.