Experts are more frequently referring to a positive school climate as they address prevention of bully behavior. Research from national organizations (e.g., COPS, US Department of Justice), state centers (e.g., Missouri Center for Safe Schools) and well known bully prevention voices (Olweus, Senn), reveal certain common features for establishing such a positive school climate:

  • Awake awareness
  • School wide approach
  • Clearly defined rules and consequences
  • Positive connection between staff and students
  • Consistent effort of intervention and prevention
  • Provide teachers with effect classroom management training
  • Administration commitment
  • Teaching problem solving process
  • Take student reports seriously
  • District support
  • Create a ‘belonging’ culture

However, in a research brief by Sugai, Horner and Algozzine (2011), the challenge is not knowing what bullying prevention looks like, but how to implement a systemic framework through which these strategies might prevent the development and occurrences of violent behavior for all students. Learn more about this systems perspective on bully prevention in Reducing the Effectiveness of Bullying Behavior in Schools.