The key characteristics of the programme:
Designed for 0 to 9-year-old children
Free of Bullying is aimed at preventing bullying among 0 to 9-year-old children. The programme consists of tools, methods and materials that childcare professionals can easily incorporate into children’s daily routines in childcare facilities, preschools and primary schools.
Rooted in research and expertise
Free of Bullying is grounded in what experts have learned about why and how bullying occurs. A large body of contemporary research conducted by school bullying experts, such as Dorte Marie Søndergaard and Helle Rabøl Hansen, shows that bullying occurs in communities characterised by low tolerance, instability and insecurity.
What this community-based view of bullying (explained in more detail here) tells us is that one of the most effective ways to tackle the problem is to cultivate tolerant and inclusive communities. This means working proactively to strengthen the group’s culture by promoting strong, positive values.
Based on core values
Free of Bullying focuses on four core values that serve to strengthen children’s communities:
When our actions and behaviour are guided by these core values, we start to create communities where there is less room for bullying. Recognising this, Free of Bullying has been developed into a series of tools, methods and materials that help children experience and embrace these values.
Through a wide range of activities, the children learn good social skills, like what it means to be a good friend. They develop the courage to set their own boundaries and to defend others if they see them being mistreated. All of which helps create positive, tolerant and inclusive children’s communities.