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How PREVNet Works

Education, Assessment, Intervention and Policy

PREVNet’s work is based on four strategies: education, assessment, intervention and policy, all of which are equally important and necessary in order to stop bullying and victimization and to create environments where children feel safe.

Education

We develop awareness about bullying so we can change attitudes and build commitment to address bullying problems among all Canadian citizens and organizations involved with children and youth. Our partnerships with government and non-government organizations enhance our education and training goals, allowing us to develop tools such as: training manuals and workshops, quick reference guides, research communiqués, continuing education courses and public service announcements.

Assessment

We provide universal assessment tools to evaluate the extent of bullying and victimization problems for children and adolescents, their families, schools and communities. Assessments provide the baseline for understanding the nature and extent of bullying problems and determine which programs should be selected to meet the specific needs of an organization. Effective assessments will identify the prevalence, the development factors and the systemic issues surrounding the problems of bullying.

Intervention

We help Canadians develop scientifically effective strategies to intervene and reduce bullying problems. To successfully address bullying, there must be empirically-based guidelines for developing interventions:

  • Intervention programs need to be research-based and require ongoing evaluations. 
  • Intervention in bullying problems requires a focus on children’s development and children’s relationships. 
  • Leadership is the foundation for promoting relationships and eliminating violence.

Policy

We develop prevention policies that specifically define bullying and establish steps that will be taken when bullying occurs. Bullying is a relationship problem and therefore, effective policies must address the roles and responsibilities of the person who is bullying, the person who is being bullied, as well as peers, adults and the community.

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