Bullying, Violence, and Safety
Schools may use technology based software to create behavioral expectations targeted at decreasing bullying, disrespectful behaviors, and other conduct negatively affecting learning. High levels of bullying can lead to higher suspension rates, which research from Johns Hopkins has shown leads to lower graduation rates. Bullying clearly creates a problem for peers and teachers, who may no longer feel safe coming to school.
The Wall Street Journal notes that compared to children not involved in bullying, victims of bullying were 11.6% more likely to be in poverty, 13.2% more likely to get fired from a job, and 8.7% more likely to experience problems with financial management. Children that were both victims and bullies are 19.9% more likely to be in poverty, 22.5% more likely to drop out of high school, 27.0% more likely to not have a college degree, 17.9% more likely to get fired from a job, and 25.1% more likely to fail to honor financial obligations.
Wall Street Journal, Market Watch, “Economic cost of childhood bullying: Why victims of bullying end up poorer, unhealthier, and unhappier,” October 16, 2013
DLA Proposed Solution
- A web-based application that makes it easy for schools to implement a token economy. A token economy provides guidelines for schools to create behavioral expectations targeted at decreasing bullying, disrespectful behaviors, and other conduct which negatively affects learning.
- Teachers track and reinforce positive student behavior through tickets, coupons, or electronic coins.
- Behavior is reinforced positively as changes are incentivized and students become eligible for field trips, pizza parties, and other unique rewards.
- This platform works on almost any tablet, laptop, or desktop computer without any additional hardware or software purchases.
- The system includes a secure application that integrates with the school’s existing Student Information System (SIS), and is packaged with rich video training content that helps teach the best practices in behavior management.
Research has shown that compared to schools not implementing token economies, schools have experienced:
- 70% fewer negative behaviors school-wide
- 60% fewer discipline reports
- 75% fewer suspensions and expulsions
In schools where this token economy approach has been implemented, gains have included:
- Increased student attendance
- Decreased office referrals
- Decreased suspensions
- Decreased expulsions
These data indicate that the schools that follow this approach have fewer instances of bullying and other negative behaviors, leading to a safer and more inclusive classroom environment.
DLA Bullying, Violence, and Safety Initiative Template
DLA Endorsed Bill Template
Click on the documents below the company logos to view presentations of their solutions
LiveSchool helps schools improve student behavior through positive engagement. Schools in over 30 states use the LiveSchool platform to manage their school-wide points program.
Additional Issues Under Review
Digital Learning Alliance has identified several additional issues. As we add member companies who have a solution that serves the issue, we will update our information. Those additional areas under review include:
- Social Studies
- Dual Immersion
- Special Needs
- Remedial Education
- Graduation Rates
- Student Debt Burden
- Employment Opportunities
- Economic Growth Modeling
Spanning Every Educational Level
- Assessment and Accountability
- Student Information Systems
- Online Learning, 24/7/365
- Broadband Connectivity
- Special Education
Click any issue below for the details of the current DLA National Legislative Platform
- Math Improvements K-12
- STEM Shortages
- Dropout Prevention and Recovery
- College Readiness
- Cost of Higher Education
- Student Records
- Blended Learning Management Systems
- Workforce Alignment and SLDS (State Longitudinal Data Systems)
- English Language Learners
- Literacy Improvements K-12
- Bullying, Violence and Safety
- Professional Development
- Parent Engagement
- Student Data and Privacy