Girl Scout Sign, Promise and Law (Do It By Hand Game)
Flip the Script: Witness Power (role playing) – page 63 of leader guide
Explain to the girls that this is a role playing activity, and split the girls into groups of three.
Tell the girls this statistic from the Anti-Bullying Alliance:
- “Witnesses play a very important role in bullying situations. Bullying will stop in less than 10 seconds in nearly 60 percent of the time when peers intervene!” Witnesses (those who observe or are present during bullying) are in a very important position because they have the power to positively or negatively affect the bullying situation.
The person who gets bullied is known as the “target” and not as “victim,” because “victim” is disempowering.
Explain that there are different types of “witnesses”
- Passive – Sees the bullying but avoids the situation
- Fearful – Afraid to help because the bully might turn on her
- Watcher – Watches and maybe enjoys it, happy not to be the target
- Accomplice – Laughs at the bully’s abuse and becomes an appreciative audience
- Defender – Challenges the bully or supports the victim
Explain the rules of the activity:
- Decide who will be the bully, witness, and target.
- Use the ideas we discussed in Taking Back the Power to “flip the script” so that the bully does not get away with her behavior.
- Try to do your role in the way you think it would work in real life.
- Even though this is serious stuff, you can still get dramatic and have some fun acting it out!
- Hand each group a Flip the script Scene and have them take turns playing different roles.
- Have the girls sit down and ask each group to act out the scene for the entire group, and how they reacted to the bullying.
- After each performance, invite the audience to give suggestions on how they might handle the situation.
Surfing Through Cyber Relationships (page 64 of Leader Guide)
Ask questions to get girls talking about cyber relationships and maybe be willing to share your own answers.
- What’s the weirdest IM or text you ever got?
- What’s the funniest mass e-mail you ever saw?
- Which do you like the most: IMing, testing, or e-mailing? Why?
- If you could visit only one Website for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
- What’s your favorite thing to do online?
The Girl Scout Law Meets the Virtual World (page 65 of Leader Book)
Ask the girls to think about the topics they have discussed since they first started meeting:
Friendships, peer pressure, bullying.
- Now ask the girls to imagine that all of these topics are taking place chat rooms, e-mail, IMing, Testing, etc.
- Friendships, peer pressure, bullying.
Say to the girls: “The Girl Scout Law provides a vision and a set of values to how we ideally want to act in the world. Let’s take a look at how you can use the Law as a way to assess some of your online interactions.”
Divide the girls into groups of 2-3.
Place Girl Scout Law sheets on different tables or tape up on wall with masking tape.
- Give the girls sticky notes and pens. Also give them a copy of the entire Girl Scout Law to look at
- Ask the girls to write things they would say on one of the online forums that relate to some of the topics we discussed since the first meeting.
- What can they write down that shows they are thinking about lines from the Girl Scout Law.
What can they write down that shows that are exhibiting behavior opposite of the Girl Scout Law.
- Now have them go around the room and place their sticky notes under the applicable line from the Girl Scout Law.
- Remind the girls that this is anonymous!
- Is it hard to stay committed to the Girl Scout Law? Why?
- Why does online communication make it easy to forget the Girl Scout Law? (is it the fact that you can be anonymous?)
- How can you use the Law to increase peace in your world?
Closing – Certificates, Snack/Beverage, Friendship Circle and good-bye.
- Post-it Notes
- Girl Scout Law sheets