Anti-bullying programs are backfiring, according to a new study. Students are more likely to be victimized by bullies if their school has an anti-bullying program, concludes University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong.
Many campaigns use videos to show examples of bullying and how to intervene. Students may be learning new ways to bully through social media and texting, says Jeong. Bullies learn how to get away with it, he fears.
As an intern with the California Department of Education, my daughter previewed an anti-bullying video by Peter, Paul and Mary, Don’t Laugh at Me. She thought it would help bullies identify more categories of victims.