Recognizing that bullying is a widespread problem among today's youth, the New Castle Area School District adopted The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program starting in the 2014-15 school year. Recognized as one of the best-known research-based bullying prevention programs in today's world, the program is designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students ages five to fifteen years old) to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include:
Statistics show that successful implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program can effectively reduce school bullying. Such outcomes have included:
Fifty percent or more reductions in student reports of being bullied and bullying others. Peer and teacher ratings of bullying problems have yielded similar results.
Significant reductions in student reports of general antisocial behavior such as school bullying, vandalism, school violence, fighting, theft, and truancy.
Significant improvements in the classroom social climate as reflected in students' reports of improved order and discipline, more positive social relationships, and more positive attitudes toward schoolwork and school.
- Greater support for students who are bullied, and stronger, more effective interventions for students who bully.