Anti-Bullying Programming

ACCA is proud to offer a variety of anti-bullying awareness programs which may be combined with our signature prevention programming or offered as individual curriculums.

The research-based STEPS TO RESPECT program teaches elementary students to recognize, refuse, and report bullying, be assertive, and build friendships. In fact, a recent study found that the program led to a 31% decline in bullying and a 70% cut in destructive bystander behavior.  STEPS TO RESPECT lessons can help kids feel safe and supported by the adults around them so that they can build stronger bonds to school and focus on academic achievement.

Middle school: It’s the place where adolescents can develop positive coping skills—or risky ones. The Evidence-based SECOND STEP program helps your students learn the protective skills to make good choices and stay engaged in school despite the pitfalls of substance abuse, bullying, cyber bullying, and peer pressure. This program is designed to decrease aggression, bullying and substance abuse and increase students’ socials skills and school success. SECOND STEP provides a foundation for creating a safe, respectful learning environment and is a building program that increases students’ social skills and school success each year.

Too Good for Violence teaches strong character-based skills, attitudes and behaviors. Kids develop skills for conflict resolution, anger management, respect for self and others, and effective communication—keys to social-emotional intelligence. Program lessons and activities help kids realize that as individuals and as a group, they are too good for bullying and violence, as they gain skills for, and confidence in their ability to interact cooperatively and peacefully.

Too Good programs are based on an accepted Theory of Change. They use strategies and teach key behavioral skills that research has shown to be related to good decision making and positive outcomes. Too Good programs are proven effective in evaluations that apply rigorous, systematic and objective procedures to obtain reliable and valid program data across evaluators, across multiple measurements and across studies.

Why is it Important to Teach About Bullying?

Bullying, a form of violence among children, is common on school playgrounds, in neighborhoods, and in homes throughout the United States and around the world.

A recently published report by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) found that 17 percent of surveyed children had been bullied “sometimes” or “weekly,” 19 percent had bullied others and been bullied.

An estimated 1.6 million children in grades 6 through 10 in the United States are bullied at least once a week and 1.7 million children bully others frequently.

Bullying generally begins in the elementary grades, peaks in the sixth through eighth grades, and persists into high school.

Bullying can have long-term and short-term psychological effects on both those who bully and those who are bullied. Victims often experience loneliness and report having trouble making social and emotional adjustments, difficulty making friends, and poor relationships with classmates.

Victims of bullying often suffer humiliation, insecurity, and a loss of self-esteem, and they may develop a fear of going to school. The impact of frequent bullying often accompanies these victims into adulthood; they are at a greater risk of suffering from depression and other mental health problems, including schizophrenia. In rare cases, they may commit suicide.

Bullying behavior has been linked to other forms of antisocial behavior, such as vandalism, shoplifting, skipping and dropping out of school, fighting, and the use of drugs and alcohol.

Bullying may also lead to criminal behavior later in life.

*The above information is taken from U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention fact sheet: Addressing the Problem of Juvenile Bullying, June 2001.

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