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schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying, but some question if
they are sending the right message but having just the opposite effect.
in point: A new study out of the University of Texas concludes that students at
schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a
victim of bullying, compared to students at schools with no bullying programs.
Texas study reports that student videos used in many campaigns to show examples
of bullying and how to intervene may actually teach students different bullying
not surprised by the findings," said Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, who teaches
educational psychology at the University of Toledo and has extensively studied
says schools shouldn't stop showing videos, though.
we are using those clips, we should make sure we clearly explain to students the
alternative to that behavior," she said.
says schools and parents should take what she calls a holistic approach to
bullying: Everyone has to be involved, including parents, teachers, staff,
administrators and students.
know far too many deaths associated with this," Pescara-Kovach said. "This is
really connected to suicide and targeted violence."
the message delivered by anti-bullying programs improves, the Texas study says
some programs may be doing more harm than good.