Canadian bullying programs that work

By Michelle Eades on July 23, 2012
Research has shown the best solution to eliminating bullying is the whole school approach.
  • The WITS program in the Greater Victoria School District in B.C. has adopted a mantra that has yielded effective results: “Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help.” This model is different because it reaches outside of the classroom and into homes and communities. 
  • In Ontario the Fourth R program developed by Dr. David Wolfe is bringing the missing component into secondary schools: Relationships.This classroombased curriculum emphasizes good decision-making skills to promote healthy relationships. The program has reduced violence and bullying, unsafe sexual behaviours, and substance use. Focusing on engaged teachers, active students, involved parents and community, students have more positive influences and role models to show them how to make productive decisions.
  • The Boomerang Project trains educators to use leadership and group-development in peer-mentoring initiatives. Their highand middle-school transition programs, Link Crew and WEB, have reached out to 3,000 schools to make them a safe place for students to learn. There are 277 Link Crew schools and 34 WEB schools in Alberta, B.C., New Brunswick and Ontario.
  • Edutopia was developed by the George Lucas Educational Foundation based in California. One of its many strategies is Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The key to SEL’s success is the focus on readying kids to be healthy, happy, successful members of society. These programs can be 12 to 18 months. The investment has paid off in the Ontario schools that have implemented the program.

Vancouver-based writer Michelle Eades is interested in social issues of children.

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, August/September 2012.

By Michelle Eades| July 23, 2012

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