Pediatricians endorse Clemson University bullying-prevention program


By Sharon Crout
Clemson University
CLEMSON — A bullying-prevention program based in Clemson University’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics as an effective way to address youth violence in schools.

The academy’s policy statement on the role of the pediatrician in youth-violence prevention appeared in the July issue of its journal, “Pediatrics.” The academy identified the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as the model for successful programs to prevent bullying.

Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL) serves as the hub for dissemination of the Olweus program in the United States. In that role, the institute oversees all product development, research and training for the program in North and South America.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recognition is gratifying as IFNL observes 10 years of leadership in uniting communities to keep kids safe,” said Gary Melton, institute director.

The Olweus approach is a school-wide program that includes interventions at the school level, in the classroom and with individual students and their parents. The program has been replicated and evaluated internationally. Full story.

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