According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, 60 percent of middle school students witness bullying every day. Add the online world to the mix and about 85 percent of middle school students say they’ve been cyber-bullied at least once. To address this issue, Girl Scouts launched Be a Friend First (BFF) in 2013, a program that gives girls the tools they need to: feel safe in school, online and everywhere in between; build the confidence to deal with mean girls and cliques; and develop healthy, positive relationships.
This month, Brownie Troop #134017, took the Girl Scouts Be a Friend First (BFF) Promise Pledge, painted their pinkies blue and pinky promised not to be bullies. The girls and troop volunteers also reviewed statics and discussed ways to stand up to bullying to be a better friend.
“By taking the pledge and completing the activity, we found out that one of the girls has been bullied by the same group of girls since kindergarten,” said Jessica Tellez, troop volunteer. “She opened up to us and decided to go and speak to her counselor.”
Girl Scouts wants to give girls the confidence to change their environment by building better friendships and empowering them to be a part of the change that makes their environment better.