Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Bullying Prevention Programs at CVP

For more than 20 years, bullying prevention experts at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) have partnered with administrators, teachers, and staff in the School District of Philadelphia to show children how to prevent aggression and bullying by recognizing and managing feelings, reading social cues, and being positive bystanders.

We serve in schools by developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based bullying prevention programs. With additional funding, our goal is to disseminate our program models more broadly in the future.

Preventing Aggression in Schools Everyday (PRAISE)

We partner with elementary schools within the School District of Philadelphia to deliver a 20 session classroom-based bullying prevention program to 3rd – 5th grade students that teaches problem-solving, perspective taking, and how to be a positive bystander.

Friend to Friend (F2F)

We partner with counselors and teachers from elementary schools within the School District of Philadelphia to deliver a school-based relational aggression intervention to 3rd-5th grade girls. This compromises a small group program for girls and accompanying classroom lessons for girls’ classmates.

A current 40 school clinical trial is examining the effectiveness of F2F led by school staff with coaching from CHOP for relationally aggressive girls and their classmates.

Completed and Foundational

  • Free2B: 3D Multimedia Bullying Prevention Program -- Free2B is a school-based 90-minute multimedia experience for 6th – 8th grade students that provides education about peer bullying, its impact on students and schools, and the important role that positive bystanders can play. Free2B was co-developed and disseminated by CHOP and Life Changing Experiences (LCE) to over 40 schools across the state of Pennsylvania, including 12 schools in Philadelphia. LCE continues to disseminate Free2B across the country and internationally.