Olweus Intervention Suggestions

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					Olweus Intervention

  The Olweus Bullying
 Prevention Group, 2004
Understanding the “Players”
                        Bully             Figure


 Passive Bully

             Passive                             Defender
            Supporter      Disengaged
“The Players”
 Follower/Henchmen – Joins in but does not start
 the bullying
 Passive Bully – supports the bullying and often
 urges on others but does not take active part
 Passive Supporter – likes to see bullying, finds it
 entertaining, but does not display active support
 Disengaged Onlooker – sees the bullying but does
 not consider it relevant to him/her
 Possible Defender – dislikes bullying, thinks they
 should step in, but doesn’t
 Defender – comes to the aid of the target
Develop School Rules

 We will not bully others.
 We will try to help students who are
 We will include students who are
 easily left out.
 When we know someone is being
 bullied we will tell an adult at school
 AND an adult at home.
Use Consistent Consequences

 Identify consequences of active
 bullying, or following
 Assess which are effective and which
 are not (different consequences work
 with different groups)
 Develop graduated sanctions and
 rewards that are developmentally
Use Consistent Consequences

 Identify positive consequences for
 active defending
 Train students to make some display
 of support if possible
 Train students to avoid intervening in
 physical bullying
 Encourage group response
Encourage Parental Involvement

 Have parents on the bullying
 prevention committee
 Provide bullying prevention
 discussions at PTO
 Have bullying prevention literature at
 home room nights and
 parent/teachers conference
 Keep parents informed through letters
Student Kickoff

 Use an assembly, skit, video or group
 activity to introduce the bullying
 prevention program
 Introduce and POST school rules
 against bullying
 Explain positive and negative
 Use classroom meetings to reinforce
What Adults SHOULD Do

 1. On-the-spot interventions
 2. Follow-up discussions with children
 who are bullied
 3. Follow-up discussions with children
 who bully
 4. Staff information sharing
   On-the-Spot Interventions
   The “Teachable Moment”
1. Stop the bullying
2. Support the victim
3. Name the bullying behavior
4. Refer to school rules
5. Impose immediate consequences
(where appropriate)
6. Thank defenders
7. Encourage bystanders
Follow-Up Interventions
 1. Report the incident, increase adult vigilance and
 communication, and prevent retaliation.
 2. Identify staff person to talk with parties
 3. Conduct separate talks with the child bullied
 and the child bullying
 4. Implement supports for the child who is bullied.
 5. Impose consequences for the children who
 Talk with parents.
 Follow-up with the involved individuals later.
Sharing Information with Staff

 Who needs to be involved?
 How are incidents reported?
   Between teachers and staff
   To administrators
 How is information shared with
 How is information shared with
 involved students?

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