By Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital
According to GSUSA, “nearly three-quarters of middle school principals say that bullying or harassment is a serious problem at their school, compared to 43% of elementary school principals and 45% of high school principals.”
This month is National Bully Prevention month, so we ask you to discuss bullying with your Girl Scout troop. Almost every girl has either seen a bully in action, or knows a bully. As leaders and role models, we must find ways to empower girls to resist bullying and help others who might fall victim to a bully. Girls need to be advocates for themselves and learn that there is no such thing as an innocent bystander.
Bullying comes in many forms—face-to-face or cyber bullying—and can be particularly damaging for young girls already struggling with low self-esteem. In the age of the internet and smart phones, cyber bullying is becoming increasingly present among school-aged children. Bullying and harassment is a prominent problem, tormenting many middle and high school girls. Girls are often more likely than boys to use subtle, indirect and emotional forms of bullying, which is why it’s so important for Girl Scouts to provide our girls with the resources they need to become advocates to prevent bullying.
National Bully Prevention Month is the perfect opportunity for Girl Scout Cadette leaders to learn more about the aMAZE Journey. Girls can learn how to detect bullying behavior and focus on bully prevention techniques. Take the Cadettes aMaze Journey and help girls maneuver through all the twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and positive ways to cope. The adult guide offers tips for talking about relationship issues with girls, and pointers for understanding Cadettes’ development and creating a safe, welcoming space.
For more information about the aMAZE Journey go here.