Seokjin Jeong, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Texas at Arlington, reported that students at high schools that have anti-bullying campaigns are more likely to be bullied than students at schools that do not have anti-bullying campaigns in the Sept. 13, 2013, issue of the Journal of Criminology.
The researchers found that high school age children quickly adapt to the programming imposed on them by anti-bullying campaigns and adopt the proper terminology and behaviors to make parents, teachers, and guidance counselors believe they are actively seeking to stop bullying behavior or to report bullying when in fact the students are only engaging in subterfuge designed to display a show of compliance.
The results are based on self-reports from of 7,001 students, ages 12 to 18, from 195 different schools that was a part of the Health Behavior in School-Aged Children study between 2005 and 2006 that was sponsored by the World Health Organization.
Once again, government and education have spent millions of tax dollars on a program that makes the problem worse. The results apply to the United States but similar results are reported from European schools.
The researchers suggest that a more sophisticated relationship based approach may produce better results than anti-bullying programs, school guards, locker searches, bag searches, body searches, and metal detectors.