The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is bringing the Power Up! program, a nationally-recognized bullying prevention initiative from the Girl Scouts of Colorado, to our 36 counties. Power Up! encourages the 85 percent of the population who are bystanders to bullying (rather than targets or bullies) to recognize the strength in those numbers and use it to intervene when they see something wrong.
The stereotypical vision of bullying is the kind of physical bullying more common among boys. Far more common among both boys and girls is verbal bullying, name-calling and other forms of verbal harassment. Most people and programs virtually ignore relational bullying, the systematic diminishment of a child’s sense of self-worth through exclusion, shunning and gossip.
Relational bullying is all too common among girls of all ages, but girls can be taught to prevent it and to intervene when they see any bullying happen in their schools.
Did you know?
• Every seven minutes a child is bullied.
• 85 percent of bullying episodes happen in front of bystanders. The level of aggression and abuse rises with each additional audience member.
• Six percent of people are the bullies.
• Nine percent of people are the ones being bullied.
• Adults intervene in only four percent of bullying incidents on the playground, and 14 percent of bullying incidents in the classroom.
• Peers intervene in 19 percent of bullying incidents.
Doing nothing? Not an option.
Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever witnessed bullying? What about your daughter? Bystanders can really make a difference. Power Up! is designed to teach girls how to identify bullying; address bullies, targets and bystanders; and give girls the tools they need to intervene when they see bullying. We strive for the girls to ?nd their power, both personally and in numbers, to stand up against bullying instead of just standing by.