Olweus Bullying Prevention Program OverviewTheOlweus Program (pronounced Ol-VEY-us; the E sounds like a long A) is acomprehensive, school-wide program designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, and high schools. The program’s goals are to reduce andprevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program was founded by Dr. Dan Olweus of Bergen, Norway. For approximately 30 years, Dan Olweus has been involved in research and intervention work in the area of bully/victim problems among school children and youth. The Olweus program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States.The program attempts to restructure the existing school environment to reduce opportunities and rewards for bullying. School staff are largely responsible for introducing and implementing the program. Their efforts are directed toward improving peer relations and making the school a safe and positive place for students to learn and develop.
In addition to the education component, which provides strategies and skills to address bullying, intervention is provided for all children involved in any bullying situation. The bully, the victim, and the bystander are all involved and affected in different ways within the situation.
Each school coordination committee will, in conjunction with the administration, develop a plan to address the incidents of bullying and provide the appropriate intervention, support, and consequence as is necessary. Education and the opportunity to model and practice skills to address bullying are provided for the children and adults.
It is important to report all incidents of bullying to an adult at school and at home.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has received recognition from a number of organizations committed to preventing school violence. The program has been named:
- Blueprints Model Program, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder
- Effective Program, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice
- Level 2 Program, U.S. Department of Education ("Level 2" programs have been scientifically demonstrated to prevent delinquency or reduce risk and enhance protection for delinquency and other child and youth problems using either an experimental or quasi-experimental research design with a comparison group.