Bully Prevention

Ridley School District is proactive in helping its students
with issues of childhood bullying through the implementation of the
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.

The Olweus [pronounced Ol-VEY-us] Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive, school-wide program designed for use in elementary, middle, or junior high schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy.

Bullying is one of the most difficult issues students face. Even with a school's best efforts, students may still experience bullying in classrooms, school hallways, the lunchroom and the playground or athletic fields. The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. Implemented at the school, classroom, and inpidual levels, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to reduce bullying, prevent future bullying, and improve relationships at every level. Read more.

Extensive professional development for all faculty using the Olweus Program was funded through a series of grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Center for Safe Schools and Communities.

For district policy regarding bullying, click here.

For more information about the elements of the program, click here.

For Program History, click here.

For Program Effectiveness, click here.

For Parents and Children: check out HRSA's National Bullying Prevention Campaign, "Take a Stand.Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now.", click here.

The Ridley School District Student Assistance Program is funded through the Safe and Drug-free Schools and Communities Grant and the Safe Schools Initiative Grant.

Delaware County School Based Programs

The Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) offers a wide range of free educational programs to all public, private, and parochial schools in Delaware County. These programs can reduce bullying and dating violence by providing clear, age-appropriate, and accurate information to youth of all ages in an engaging way. All programs can be adapted to meet the needs of a specific class or school and include a mixture of stories, interactive activities, role plays, discussions, videos, games, and worksheets. DAP staff can provide single programs to a class or a carefully selected curriculum to a class, after-school program or group of children that are identified by teachers, principals or school counselors as needing some extra attention.

Single Programs

K-3rd Grade: "When I Get Angry"
This is an interactive program designed for early elementary school students to identify angry feelings and learn constructive ways to sort through those feelings.

3rd-5th Grade: "Building Friendships"
This program assists children in identifying positive qualities in friends and in developing skills for assertive and clear communication with peers.

5th-8th Grade: "Bullying Prevention and Conflict Resolution"

6-12th Grade: "Sexual Harassment and Dating Violence"
This program provides youth with age appropriate information about the different forms of dating violence, warning signs of dating abuse, how to help a friend, and how to call someone when they are engaging in harassing behaviors.

Multiple Sessions Programs

K-6th Grade: "Raspberries and Rhinos"
A 15week program from Teaching Tolerance that utilizes stories, discussion questions, writing themes, student readers and activities to develop social and communication skills.

7-12 Grade: "Safe Dates"
A 10week model program designed, with funding from the Center for Disease Control, to raise student awareness about healthy and unhealthy relationships.

9-12 Grade: "Making the Peace"
A 15 week comprehensive curriculum for male and female students designed by the Oakland Men's Project to reduce dating violence and assist youth in identifying the roots and the impact of violence in their lives.

For more information about these programs, call Katie Kenyon, Outreach and Education Manager at (610) 565-6272 ext 3116

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