Monday, October 28, 2013

Do anti-bullying programs lead to more bullying?

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. As if we needed to be more aware of it. The US government a website, a Facebook page and an app to help parents combat the scourge of bullying. “Bullying of any student by another student, for any reason, cannot be tolerated in our schools,” the Department of Education has told teachers in a letter reminding them of their legal obligations.

No wonder schools are rolling out anti-bullying programs.

But do they actually work?

According to a widely-publicised study in the Journal of Criminology, perhaps not. Researchers at University of Texas at Arlington and Michigan State University found that students at schools with anti-bullying programs are more likely to be victims than students at schools without them.  (more...)

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