Bullying is linked to both short and long-term mental and physical health problems and academic under-achievement. There are 2 million Canadian school-aged children directly impacted by bullying, and many existing bullying prevention programs are not evaluated. Enter PREVNet, national network of more than 120 leading Canadian researchers, joined by more than 60 national youth-serving organizations, including industry, federal and provincial agencies, and NGOs. The network focuses on education, research, training and policy change to provide individuals and organizations with evidence-based strategies and tools to address bullying and prevent violence.
PREVNet’s mandate is to stop bullying in Canada and promote safe and healthy relationships so every child can grow up happy, healthy and safe. Since PREVNet began, the rates of bullying reported by youth have decreased by 50%.