The anti-bullying industry calls programs that can reduce bullying by 20% a success.  Unfortunately, for our students, that is still an 80% failure.  Why is the success rate so low?  Most programs assume that victims of bullying are powerless to change their situation.  As a result of this thinking, programs focus on stopping "bullies" by establishing policies, encouraging reporting and punishment, and empowering bystanders.  While all of these efforts are filled with good intentions, they fail to teach the victim how to solve their social problem, leaving them feeling hopeless while they wait for an outside process or person to change their situation for them.  Instead of empowering the victim directly, these programs try to change the environment around the victim.  This approach is costly, time-consuming and damaging to a child's self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.

Bullying, by definition, is an imbalance of power.  The best way to solve the power imbalance is to empower the weaker party.  This brings total balance to the power imbalance and eliminates the bully/victim roles, bringing equilibrium and ultimately a solution to social conflict.  To put it simply, the "Peace Sign Approach" is successful because it addresses a psychological problem with a psychological approach and empowers victims with social and emotional coping skills to solve their own social problems.  It allows students to become part of the solution.  Over 90% of students who use the "Peace Sign Approach" for one week report that bullying stops or dramatically decreases.

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