Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VAY-us) is a comprehensive approach that includes schoolwide, classroom, individual, and community components. The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools (K-12). The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among schoolchildren 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. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States.
This website, maintained by Clemson University, is focused on bullying prevention research, OBPP training information, and ongoing programming and training support of our National Olweus Trainers/Consultants.
Parents, Educators, School Administrators, Concerned Adults
If you are a parent, educator, school administrator, or other concerned adult who may be interested in implementing the Olweus Program, please click here to go our more comprehensive program website, maintained by the Hazelden Foundation at www.violencepreventionworks.org.
At violencepreventionworks.org, you will find general information about bullying behavior and its impact on school climate, students’ physical, social and emotional health, and academic achievement. You will find basic information about the Olweus Program’s components, a readiness checklist, a suggested timeline, information about required program materials, costs of the program, state anti-bullying laws, grant writing support, and much more. You might like to take the time to watch the program overview video, explore the Olweus Program materials, including the questionaire, and view short video clips from the program materials at www.violencepreventionworks.org.
Recognition of the Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has received recognition from a number of organizations committed to preventing school violence. The program has been named a Blueprints Promising Program by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder. The OBPP also has been highlighted in the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement. Read the statement here.
For a list of research articles on the effectiveness of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, click here.
OBPP to Common Core Standards
The OBPP aligns with many Common Core Standards:
Training and Consultation
To learn about OBPP training and consultation for a school’s Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee and Staff, click here.
Certified Olweus Trainers/Consultants
A list of our Olweus Trainers is available here.
If you are interested in becoming a Certified Olweus Trainer click here.
A grant writing tool kit with all budget information is available at this link or by calling 1-800-328-9000.
To access the trainers only section of this website you must be a Certified Olweus Trainer.
To learn about Dr. Dan Olweus, OBPP Founder, and Dr. Susan Limber, Director of Development; and Jane Riese, Associate Director of Safe and Humane Schools; Special Consultants, Vicki Flerx and Nancy Mullin; and Olweus Technical Assistance Consultants, click here.
Federal Efforts in Bullying Prevention
For information about the United States’ efforts in bullying prevention, check out the website StopBullying.gov, an official U.S. Government website managed by the Department of Health & Human Services in partnership with the Department of Education and Department of Justice.