Bullying prevention strategies for schools begins with the culture of the school, the awareness of the administration and the teachers and the buy in and cooperation / understanding of the parents.
Three things I learned are as follows:
Importance of teachers to make the subject of bully prevention a part of their weekly curriculum with students, discussion with other teachers and modeling of the the desired behaviors.
The need to create opportunities and safety in telling parents, teachers and peers that bullying is going on for the target. It appears in the research that when any of these groups listens, gives advice and continues to check in with the target of the bullying in addition to the rest of the schools model, that things get better for the student. Some of this may be perceived and it may be real, but the student will begin to feel better about themselves and feel safer.
In all that we have studied here the one thing that has stood out to me is the need to confirm with students if the strategy is working on a regular basis. I had not given this much thought, but much of what we have thought was good advice has not been shown to be effective. The lesson I get out of this is that it is not about how we feel things have been going, but rather about real results in the students.
All of this gives me a stronger message to take to parents and teachers as well the desire to create surveys that can be taken by students to be used as a basis for measuring the atmosphere of the school.