Girl Scout Troop 51284 sponsored a bullying prevention event for younger girls on Saturday, April 27 at the Forest Lake American Legion.
Girl Scouts in Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes (kindergarten through Grade 7) learned how to prevent bullying and handle bullying situations. More than 80 Girl Scouts attended.
Girl Scout Troop 51284 organized the event as a community service project for their Silver Award.
Troop 51284 choose to sponsor this topic because they are concerned about the issue.
The 2010 Minnesota Student Survey found that 13 percent of students were bullied regularly, once a week or more. If that held for the state’s entire student population, it would mean more than 100,000 students in Minnesota are bullied on a regular basis.
The girls performed skits on bullying situations. They read children’s books about bullying. A craft project focused on positive actions.
They had hung on the wall an anti-bullying pledge board to sign, and all participants received a no-bullying patch and a copy of the anti-bullying pledge.
One emphasis was on teaching those who witness bullying the skills they can use to be “Up-Standers.”
Statistics show that if other students do something to stop bullying, the bullying behavior ends within 10 seconds (Hawkins, Pepler and Craig, 2001).
To be an Up-Stander, do not join in bullying. Tell the student who is bullying to stop. Help the target of bullying get away from the situation. Tell a trusted adult about the bullying. Give support to the target of bullying by letting him know that no one deserves to be bullied. Include the student being bullied in your activities with friends.
The Scouts also taught the younger girls to practice kindness and compassion with everyday words and actions.