October is Bullying Prevention Month and if your school is like many, you’ve probably had an assembly or event focused on an anti-bullying program in the past few weeks.
But new research from a Criminology professor at the University of Texas at Arlington showed that some schools might want to rethink their anti-bullying strategy. A study found that students at school with anti-bullying programs may actually be more likely to become victim of bullying, while students at schools without them were more likely to remain bully-free.
The professor, Seokjin Jeong, speculated that the students who watch and talk about videos meant to teach students how to deal with a bully, might actually get ideas about how to do damage that they didn’t have before the programs. His research goes against the conventional thinking on the topic — but do you think the research could be right? Do anti-bullying programs do more harm than good?
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