Today, schools typically respond to bullying, or other school violence, with reactive measures. However, installing metal detectors or surveillance cameras or hiring police to patrol the halls have no tangible positive results.


What Can We Do?

  • Early Intervention- Researchers advocate interverning in elementary or middle school, or as early as preschool.
  • Parent Training- Parents must learn to reinforce their children's positive behavior patterns and model appropriate interpersonal interactions.
  • Teacher Training- Training can help teachers identify and respond to potentially damaging victimization as well as to implement positive feedback and modeling to address appropriate social interactions.
  • Attitude Change- Researchers maintain that society must cease defending bullying behavior as part of growing up or with the attitude "kids will be kids."
  • Positive School Environment- Schools with Easily understood rules of conduct, smaller class sizes and fair discipline practices report less violence.

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Cohn, Andrea, and Andrea Canter. "Bullying: Facts for Schools and Parents." National Association of School Psychologists, 7 Oct. 2003. Web. 7 Nov. 2009. <>.

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