New anti-bullying program significantly cuts down on bullying in MPS schools
Shelley Walcott reports Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE- There's a new tool being used in the battle against school bullies.
It's a statewide program that uses online games and -- more importantly -- teachers.
Officials from Children's Hospital and other organizations say they've come up with a program that's really helping to cut down on bullying in schools.
"I'm saying the truth... I've been in the bullying and I've helped other people with bullying too," said 7th grader Yaisha Pabon.
Pabon says bullying prevention programs like Act Now! make a huge difference. The statewide program was developed by Children's Hospital with the help of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Milwaukee Public Schools. The program uses online games for kids -- and most importantly -- gets school staff involved.
The program teaches teachers and other school staff to step in when they see bullying. And it encourages students to use teachers as their allies.
The program was introduced last year and has already reduced bullying throughout MPS by 31 percent.
The Act Now! program is available for grades 4 through 8. A new program will be available for younger children next year.