Kick-off your Olweus Program with Box Out Bullying

The Olweus program is the most researched and well known bullying prevention program to date for elementary, middle, and jr. high schools.

Box Out Bullying’s interactive, theatrical student assemblies are adapted to be age-appropriate for lower level elementary, upper level elementary, middle school, and jr. high school students, making our programming perfect to kickoff or jumpstart the teachings of Dr. Dan Olweus at your school!

The Olweus Program

Schools around the world have turned to the teachings of Dr. Dan Olweus as an effective solution to sustain comprehensive bullying prevention in their school communities.

The program works at three levels: the school level, the classroom level, and the individual level.

School Level

Give simple tools students can use to help someone in a bullying situation in various school hot spots.

Classroom Level

Reiterate your classroom’s 4 rules against bullying.
Provide dynamic activities and lesson plans that will be perfect for your classroom meetings

Individual Level

Ensure that students and parents are given structure and logical consequences, so bullying prevention becomes part of the everyday culture of the school.

The Olweus program is both a SAMHSA model program and a Blueprint for Violence Prevention program. In addition to improving school climate, classroom climate, and overall school attitudes, it has been found to significantly reduce and prevent acts of bullying as well as reducing instances of truancy and substance abuse.

The Olweus program and Box Out Bullying perfectly complement each other and reinforce the messages of your school’s bullying prevention program!


What is Bullying?

There are three criteria that distinguish a situation of conflict, misunderstanding, or disagreement from a situation of bullying.

Bullying is an aggressing, proactive behavior that happens:

  • On Purpose
  • Repeated over time
  • In an imbalance of Power

In order for a situation to be considered bullying it must exhibit all three of these criteria.

For older students, we use the explanation:

“Bullying is when a stronger person hurts, or frightens a less strong person, again and again. And that person who is being bullied cannot easily defend themselves.”

For students in Pre-K you could use this as your definition:

“Bullying is when someone is mean to someone else many, many times.”

Which roles do People Play In A Bullying Situation?

A main focus in the Box Out Bullying program is bystander empowerment.  We aim to turn students who would see bullying and do nothing into students who would see bullying and try to take action to help stop it.  

For students in grades 3 & up, we use the specific terminology of Dr. Dan Olweus to address the roles of the:

  • Bystander
  • Disengaged Onlooker
  • Possible Defender
  • Defender

For students in lower level elementary we will demonstrate the difference between Rough & Tumble Play vs a bullying situation, Telling vs Tattling (snitching) and much more.  

Let Box Out Bullying support your existing efforts on bystander empowerment, parent involvement, and more!

Box Out Bullying has successfully kicked off OBPP in these School Districts:

  • Madison County Public Schools
  • North Penn School District
  • York School District I
  • Indiana Area School District
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • North Pocono School District
  • Forest Hills School District
  • The School District of Lancaster
  • Albert Gallatin Area School District
  • New Rochelle School District
  • Platte County R-Iii School District
  • Palmyra Area School District
  • Monroe Township Public Schools
  • Athens Area School District
  • Baldwin-Whitehall School District

View Evaluations

See photos from our Walton Farm Olweus Kick Off  in North Penn School District, PA!