Bully Prevention and Intervention

The Bully Prevention and Intervention education consists of three key components to increase Christian integrity and kindness through accountability:


Prevention • Identification • Intervention

Prevention begins with ROCK Character™ expectations and instruction to set and grow kind and honorable behavior toward peers. The following prevention and intervention strategies increases peer accountability in and outside of the classroom (unstructured settings such as recess, lunch room, after care, hallways, etc.). Focusing on each of these elements promotes Christian fellowship, identifies areas of concern, and teaches scriptural solutions that are pleasing to God:


  • • Survey
    Baseline measure and safe place

  • • Friendship/Leadership Groups
    Based on post-test surveys, a high success rate of non-repeat offenders was achieved after the completion of Christian group intervention. Increased weekly peer-accountability groups decreased bullying behavior.

  • • Individual and Parent Conferences
    Family Collaboration from the first report, not several months after the bullying. Parent Workshops- Improve parent-child communications by teaching healthy ways to cope with stress, and establish healthy expectations and balance.

  • • School and Community Service
    Decrease entitlement by allowing students to experience the greater blessing that comes from serving others over self.

Define Bullying

Bullying is defined as "a person is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more person". (Olweus, 1993). Peace Keepers™ further defines bullying as “a sin that hurts our deeply relational God."


Student Survey


By collecting biannual data, the comparison data can be used year after year to monitor bullying, identify high risk areas, new trends, and high risk groups for intervention. Survey data is collected during computer lab and consists of 15 to 21 questions (based on age). The survey communicates to your school family that you care and value their feedback and well-being.

2010 Survey Results

2010 Survey Results by Grade


Without Intervention

Victim

•    41% reported difficulty in learning
•    Higher levels of depression and anxiety
•    Increase absenteeism/ school avoidance
•    Increase psychosomatic complaints
•    Lower emotional resiliency
•    Increase risk in transitional grades
•    Increased risk for adult psychiatric disorder

Bully

•    Increased risk for adult criminal record
•    Increased risk for adult psychiatric disorder
•    2/3 school shootings related to bullying
•    1/3 of U.S. workers report being bullied at work
•    Increased aggression toward family and others
•    Anonymity from cyber-bullying makes it easier
   


U.S. Bullying Statistics

•    Begins in preschool - peaks in middle school
•    Increases for high school girls
•    32% of surveyed middle school students did not tell teacher
•    One out of three do not tell parents
•    Underestimated by staff
•    Cyber bully survey of 1500 students (4th - MS) 42% victimized and 53% bullied
•    Only 10% of cyberbullied tell parents



"Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." James 3:18