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Troop 65659 raises cyber-bullying awareness with proclamation from Gov. Hickenlooper

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Governor John Hickenlooper issued a proclamation declaring October 2018 Cyber-Bullying Prevention Month. With the proclamation, Troop 65659 hopes to raise awareness about cyber-bullying resources. As part of the multi-level “Think Like an Engineer” Journey, Troop 65659 defined a need: cyber-bullying is a problem.

They brainstormed ways to meet the need. They decided cyber-bullying is hard to detect and victims need access to counseling and safe spaces. They wondered if there was already a designated day, week, or month for prevention of cyber-bullying.

One solution they brainstormed was to present information on cyber-bullying to the governor to raise awareness. They went home to do more research and met again to build the presentation together. They found cyber-bullying is a problem in Colorado. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey reveals 20.7 percent of girls report they have been electronically bullied compared with 9.5 percent of boys. HB 15-1072 (“Kiana’s Law”), signed into law in 2015, makes cyber-bullying a misdemeanor form of harassment, punishable by a fine of up to $750 and/or up to six months in jail. The State of Colorado’s Internet Safety & Digital Responsibility page lists resources on cyber-bullying, but parents may not be aware of these resources.

The girls also learned October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Colorado has proclaimed October Safe Schools Month and Cyber-Security Awareness Month, but these proclamations do not address cyber-bullying.

The girls designed a presentation to give to the governor to support the need for more awareness. They put their research onto a poster board, but not all the research fit. They re-designed several times and left some of the research off until all the important pieces fit onto two poster boards, which were connected. The troop leader then shared this supporting information with the governor’s office by delivering the presentation. Gov. Hickenlooper then proclaimed October 2018 Cyber-Bullying Prevention Month! If you are in need of cyber-bullying resources, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cssrc/internet-safety-digital-responsibility.

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Pens for Bullies

Submitted by Kira Petersen

Parker

Denver Metro

For my Silver Award project, I decided to create pens with uplifting messages so that kids who suffer from a bully will hopefully feel better. To start, I contacted my local Elementary school and I asked if I could give a presentation to be 6th graders. Being in 7th grade, I noticed that bullying was a common problem at my middle school. So, I talked to the different 6th grade class and informed them of the bullying problem at the middle school. Once the presentation was over, I handed out pens with a piece of tape wrapped around them. I asked them to write one positive thing about themselves on the tape, and then asked them to share out. I got some great answers like unique, kind, friendly, and so much more!

The reason for this project was to make the 6th graders aware of the problem at hand so that when they moved up to middle school, they would help spread the word of kindness to hopefully stop the issue. Then once they became 8th graders they would pass the message on to the new 7th graders for them to teach the next group and so on. That’s what I did for my Silver Award project.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Girl Scouts take a stand against online bullying

I know I’ve said this a million times, but truly one of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to work directly with the girls, learn how they are making a difference and share that with the community.

Yesterday I had the great honor of attending a Silver Award presentation with Girl Scout Cadette Troop 51427 in Lakewood. The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn at the middle school level, and just like all the Girl Scout Highest Awards, works to create sustainable change in the community.

The project that Troop 51427 undertook was very impressive. After being the victims of the frequent form of bullying in today’s society, online bullying, the four girls in this troop wanted to help the younger generation learn early on what they can do to protect themselves.

“I was bullied on the Internet through places like Facebook. I want others to have a better experience online. Being online is suppose to be fun,” said one of the members of the troop, Eilish Brennan, 13, who attends Creighton Middle School.

The troop partnered with Cheezo, which is the mascot of the online educational and safety program of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. These attorney’s have been fighting the xarelto lawsuit, if you or someone you know have been taking this medicine then check out the Side Effects of Xarelto. Members of Troop 51427 had heard Cheezo presentations at their school in the past, and knew the partnership would be beneficial for their project. The troop also had taken Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Power Up bullying prevention training, and the information learned in that training also helped with their project.

In April the troop organized an evening for the elementary school most of them had attended, Vivian Elementary, where they taught the students, through age-appropriate, real-life scenario skits, how to stay safe online.

“What’s so impressive about this project is these girls took this topic to a whole new level,” said Det. Mike Harris, who created and leads the Cheezo program along with his wife, Det. Cassandra Harris. “Kids are misusing online tools every day, and it is a life changing event. When we give our presentations we hope kids are listening. These girls did and took our presentation seriously, and are now making a positive, long lasting influence on other kids.”

In addition to the April event the girls also created a mural at the school so that the conversation on this important topic can continue.

“I am very proud to know I’ve made a difference,” said another troop member Amber Anderson, 13, who also attends Creighton Middle School.

The Denver Post’s YourHub also interviewed the girls at this event, and ran a story in their June 6th edition.

Denver Post recognizes Girl Scout project

Girl Scout Troop 3499 at an outing last summer

Girl Scout Troop 3499, who are fourth-graders from Arvada, might have set out to simply “earn their Speak Out Girl Scout badge.” But what they ended up with was an inspired and changed community, as well as a front page story in the Denver Post on Saturday, Feb. 11th, 2012.

“Kids Care Week” was developed by Troop 3499 to help change the stereotype that “Kids can be cruel to other kids.” The troop partnered with their school, Meiklejohn Elementary, and the school’s Student Council, to put together a week focused on activities to help remind kids to be kind and, hopefully, break the stereotype.

“It was interesting to watch how the girls brainstormed various stereotypes that they might like to try to change as part of their Speak Out badge,” said Troop Leader Deb Guiducci. “When someone came up with the idea to tackle the stereotype, ‘Kids can be cruel to other kids’, that seemed to resonate with all the girls. They all started telling stories about how kids had been cruel to them.”

“It was fascinating to watch how the girls created Kids Care Week,” Deb continued. “This truly was a girl led idea.”

The activities during Kids Care Week included:

  • Mix It Up Lunch Day: Sit with someone you don’t normally sit with at lunch.
  • Pay It Forward Day: Do a kind act for another student that you don’t normally play with.
  • Compliment Day: Give someone a compliment today that you normally don’t play with.
  • Mix It Up Recess Day: Play with someone at recess that you don’t normally play with.
  • Nice Note Day: Write at least one nice note at home to someone you don’t normally play with and give it to them at school.

“Kids Care Week gave me a chance to make new friends and to interact with new people,” said Girl Scout Olivia Quinn, who is a member of the organizing troop. “I also thought it was cool to see an idea we had turn into a school wide event.”

“I’m glad we did Kids Care Week as part of our Speak Out Badge,” said Girl Scout Elizabeth Guiducci, who is another member of the organizing troop. “I hope kids can stop being cruel and stop bullying each other. I hope other Girl Scouts will take our idea and do Kids Care Weeks in their schools. It would be great if this would spread all across Colorado!!”

“It meant a lot to me because it was nice to see everyone being nice to each other,” said Girl Scout Grace Drew, who is another member of the organizing troop. “We can teach that if you be nice to people, they will be nice to you.  If a lot of people do this, then the world will truly be a better place.”

In the end, Troop 3499 earned their Girl Scout Speak Out! badge. But the girls, their leaders, their school and the community at large gained much more during this successful project. In fact, Meiklejohn Elementary plans to hold the event next year.

“I think that the girls will take away many life lessons from this experience, but I  hope that one lesson  is that even a small group of people can help change something that they think is wrong if they join together and speak out,” said Troop Leader Deb Guiducci. “This has been an amazing experience for the girls in our troop, and, for me, having the opportunity to help these girls learn what I consider to be important life lessons is why I am a Girl Scout leader. I am so proud of these girls. They are amazing!”

Picture from the Kindergarten class at Meiklejohn Elementary during "Kids Care Week"

CEO Corner: Building Girl Scout Confidence

I got a phone call this weekend from a friend whose daughter is in my son’s 6th grade class. She says her daughter worries a lot about if she is liked by the other kids, especially the boys. She wants to wear makeup and clothes that my friend doesn’t think are age appropriate. That got me thinking about how hard it has to be a kid these days, especially a girl. How women and girls are shown in the media, especially on reality TV shows, has such a powerful impact on how we treat each other. In fact, a recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute found that tween and teen girls who regularly watch reality TV “accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance.”

That’s why Girl Scouts of Colorado is ramping up our focus on giving girls the confidence and tools they need to navigate those tricky situations they move through every day – programs like Power Up, to help them understand and defuse bullying situations, and Fight Like A Girl Scout, to help them recognize and act when they’re threatened. It’s why we’re involved with efforts recently like The Colorado Clothesline Project, addressing issues of violence against girls and women. (View photos and video from this event.) And why we’re planning a Feb. 23rd viewing of the film Miss. Representation , which explores how the media influences perceptions – and misperceptions – of women.

As we ramp up these efforts, we’re looking to our community to support us by volunteering for one of these programs and/or making a donation to help offset the costs of providing them. To learn more about how you can volunteer for or donate, visit Girl Scouts of Colorado’s website.

We’d also like to ask you to show your support by weighing in on a “healthy media” poll put together by the Geena Davis Institute, Girl Scouts of the USA and the Healthy MEdia Commission. This poll will hopefully get lawmakers and the entertainment industry thinking about just how much influence they have on building women leadership in this country.

It’s sad that girls like my friend’s daughter feel so much pressure when they are so young. Girl Scouts is all about helping girls to see that their value isn’t in what they wear, what others think of them or the girl drama. Join me and Girl Scouts of Colorado in helping our girls grow up to be strong, brave, capable leaders.

Girl Scout Troop 70239 publishes a book about bullying

Submitted by Lisa Wellington
Troop 70239 leader

Girl Scout Troop 70239 has published a book for their GirlTopia Take Action project. After doing research on issues facing girls and interviewing experts, the troop members decided that “girls being mean to each other” and “girls bullying each other” were the issues they cared most about addressing.

It so happens that this troop has also been teaching Power Up Bully Prevention workshops for three years. And the Power Up curriculum was in need of some updating. One part of the Brownie Power Up curriculum in particular needed updating: the coloring book that was used for the curriculum was out of print and more copies could not be obtained. Troop 70239 girls decided they would write a new book, even better than the old one, built up from their own childhood experiences and using their teenage wisdom. The first workshop using the new curriculum and the new book was held on Sept. 10 in Fort Collins and received great reviews. 100% of participants said they learned how to be a better friend, and learned ways to help a friend who is bullied. You can buy this 80-page book for $8 from CreateSpace.com via this link: https://www.createspace.com/3676197. (P.S. we wish we could offer the book to you all for less money, but the CreateSpace people keep 90% of the proceeds. We’d just like to earn enough to cover the cost of the proof copies we’ve had printed for ourselves throughout the publishing process. )

Back cover of book:

After Hannah says she doesn’t want to be Claire’s friend anymore, Hannah begins to bully Claire using a handshake that used to be theirs. Claire, distressed by the situation, doesn’t know what to do. I Don’t Want To Be Your Friend Anymore explores four different ways for Claire to deal with the bullying. Including multiple scenarios, tips for bullies, and paper dolls, this book is great for any grade school girl or her adult mentors looking to learn more about friendship bullying and how to deal with it.