Today wraps up National Youth Violence Prevention Week, sponsored by The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE). The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, administrators, counselors, resource officers, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence. Bullying is only one form of school violence and districts across the country are reporting a rise in the number of bullying incidents.
Maryland’s Public School System, for example, recently released its annual report, “Bullying, Harassment & Intimidation in Maryland Public Schools.” It showed that 12-year-old children are the most likely to be victimized and are the most likely to bully. During the 2015-2016 school year, Maryland saw an increase in bullying compared to the previous year, with 45% of incidents involving a physical attack.
The increasing trend in bullying is likely to be the same across much of the country, highlighting the need for youth organizations, nonprofits, school systems, teachers and parents to take an active approach to reduce youth violence in schools. Our Too Good for Violence – Social Perspective program for grades K-12 promotes character development by strengthening character traits to help reduce the incidence of bullying in schools. This evidence-based social emotional learning curricula can be implemented at any time to help develop the following social skills linked with healthy growth and academic success:
Respect for Self and Others
Responsible Decision Making
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