St. Louis (KSDK) -- Recess could be the key to combating bullying, according to a new study.
The study looked at the Playworks Program, which is a non-profit that places trained, coaches in schools across the country.
The coach teaches kids new ways to play and helps make sure everyone is included in playground activities.
Researchers found a good environment on the playground leads to better behavior in the classroom.
"We tend to think more about the behavior of bullying than the bully themselves," said Juill Vialet, the CEO of Playworks."What we found is that you can just crowd it out. If you're building a culture where the norms are giving each other high fives, on saying good-job, nice try. On switching up teams when they're uneven, on making sure that everybody gets to play, there's just not as much room for bullying."
The program focuses on urban public elementary schools, Playworks is not in St. Louis, but is operating in 23 cities nationwide.