Est. time: 22 min
Schools should be a place of safety for all children and the staff that serve them. However, disturbingly over the years, the country has become more aware of increased threats to the safe learning and working environments of our students and school staff. These threats or forms of bullying now exist in many forms, from physical aggression to cyber-bullying on the world-wide Internet. Physical threats, bullying, hazing, and harassment have created new problems for schools wishing to ensure the safety of its students. There is evidence that terrorism in schools can be curbed, if not eliminated, if schools take a more proactive approach. Peer counseling, anti-violence, and conflict resolution programs show promise of thwarting potential violence by creating a caring, compassionate environment with zero tolerance for bullying and other forms of bullying. This tutorial will discuss the research on bullying in schools and the programs that can help. Written by Dr. Michael Livovich, in this tutorial, you will learn the definitions of bullying; traits and behaviors of perpetrators; peer counseling, anti-violence and conflict resolution programs; and implications for schools.