• Anti-bullying programs in school are effective

    It teaches students to be more empathy and to speak up when bullying is happening. Its not snitching its being honest,helpful,and caring of others(if u don't then they will have lots of depression and commit suicide).ALSO if u think its wasting time its not its like saying math or ela is a waste of time

  • An imperfect but necessary alternative

    In the long-run, anti-bullying in schools will be effective. One of the main reasons that kids continue to bully is the belief by adults that kids can often be selfish and mean. As a result, we tend to be too passive when it comes to addressing bullying. However, if we raise kids to believe that bullying is wrong and does have consequences, I believe that we are making a long-term change in the way we view bullying.

  • Yes, they do work.

    Bullies are usually a small subset of the school's students and anti-bullying programs can work by putting social pressure on the bullies. I think the general population of students are reluctant to speak up whether they are being bullied or they see it happening to another. A program that addresses the problem of bullying in a public arena gets the subject out in the open and encourages students to be more aware of and proactive against the bullying.

  • As a matter of fact...

    No! They are not! Teachers somehow think that if a child is bullied, they will come up to them and explicitly say that they are being bullied, which is not true. I was bullied last year, and i didn't tell a teacher for two reasons: 1.I felt like i was being weak, and 2. Every time I did, the bully payed no attention whatsoever and continued to bully me until the principal got involved.

  • They need to focus more on affecting, not learning.

    It's nice to have a bully-safe program, but when your kids go to a public school? Not really. They should focus on where, when, and why it happens, so the instructors can teach every kid who comes about how to stay safe from being bullied, or even becoming the bully.

  • We Need Stronger Penalties, Not More Posters

    Troublemakers are going to make trouble no matter how many assemblies, pictures or campaigns are in schools, per my 11 and 10 year old kids. The key is to defend against them. There must be penalties. Administrators are afraid to punish kids. In many households that bullies come from, the penal system is weak as well. Awareness is good, but it won't eliminate the problem.

  • Talk is cheap

    As long as the victim of bullying is told to ignore it and walk away' bullies will continue to destroy the confidence and self-esteem of other kids. Why should any child have to put up with nasty bullies? Target the bullies - make them accountable for their actions, make them face the real consequences of their actions, invest in school counselling for the bullies, involve their parents !

  • Anti bully programs are more of a title teachers can do same ideas without having to pay for useless programs.

    Goverment has a 14 trillion dollar debt and expensive programs like anti bullying is really not necessary because why do schools need to pay for a program to be against bullying. To help get rid of debt for future generation getting rid of programs like this is vital. We need to save money and get rid of useless programs.

  • No, they waste class time.

    No, anti-bullying programs in schools are not effective, because some people will not be nice to each other, no matter what you do. Anti-bullying programs take up large amounts of class time, and junior high students simply do not know how to be kind to each other. Bullying continues into the work place. No amount of training can make people be nice.

  • They should be reformed.

    I don't know how these programs are in any place other than Spain, so I'm only talking about my country's. In my (obviously short) personal experience, they haven't done any good at all - this is because they just send little messages most kids forget about soon.

    Education starts at home, so these are one of the places that require attention. Parents must be aware of the importance of empathy in the very early ages, and thus educate their children accordingly.

    Teachers and other educators are important too, but the schools environments usually are one teacher paying attention to about 30 students. They will never be such an influential figure as the parents are.

    I bet professionals in the area may have a lot more to propose.

  • Just Wasting Lives

    You can go and try to prevent bullying all day, but at the end of the day, behind closed doors children will still be children and try to do whatever they want. So if you really want to prevent bullying you would have to think long and hard because bullying starts at an early age. Have you ever saw kids get into an altercation in the sandbox at the park? Wouldn't that be considered bullying?

  • My school has implemented a program, but it has done nothing to prevent bullying.

    We've tried to implement a program, but it has not been supported by the school or district. I'm not sure why, but the problem continues to be ignored and swept under the rug. Some students have tried to make a difference, but it's difficult when you can't get resources or district support.

  • Snitching leads to witch hunts.

    Anti-bullying programs do not teach children to stand up to their problems, instead asking for snitches and tattlers. Give a name to an adult, and let the system handle the issue. There are no repercussions for falsely naming a bully, and crafty kids will quickly make note of this. Before long, reporting someone to administration is the new form of bullying.

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