Best Practices for Bullying Prevention and InterventionThe United States federal government has put forth recommendations for best practices in bully prevention and intervention. These practices are:
- Commit to creating and sustaining a positive school environment in your school.
- Form or identify existing team to coordinate bully prevention efforts
- Regularly assess and monitor prevention efforts (e.g. climate survey and behavioral incident data)
- Garner staff, parent, and community support and build partnerships
- Establish or revise and enforce school policies and procedures related to best practices in bullying prevention and intervention
- Increase active adult supervision in “hot spots” where bullying occurs
- Intervene immediately, consistently, equitably, and appropriately when bullying behavior occurs
- Dedicate class time to teaching and empowering students in bullying awareness and skills in prevention, appropriate intervention, and reporting
- Utilize culturally responsive strategies, and skills that are inclusive and enhance communication and relationship building.
- Continue to implement, update, and monitor these efforts over time.
These practices have been adapted from the following resources found at:
- Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention (PDF)
- Steps to Address Bullying at Your School: Tips for Administrators (PDF)
- Reducing the Effectiveness of Bullying Behavior in Schools (PDF)
- Technical Assistance Brief, Illinois PBIS Network - Effective Bully Prevention (BP) Within a School-wide System of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), December 2010 (PDF)