Did you know that one out every three children is bullied today?
In July 2011 Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute issued a policy brief on bullying, “Sticks and Stones … Preventing Bullying in Arizona Schools,” that indicates: “Bullying has once again received nationwide attention because of its negative impact on youth academic achievement, social development and psychological health, both nationally and in Arizona.
The Arizona Youth Survey (AYS) and Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) are two widely used methods relied upon by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to track risk factors that affect achievement and student safety. Both AYS and YRBS data indicate that almost one third of students reported having been bullied in the past year.
Research shows that girls tend to engage in more social or psychological bullying, such as cyber-bullying, prank calling, spreading rumors, teasing or belittling.
to give girls’ self-esteem enhancing tools, tips on how to develop and maintain healthy relationships with their peers and action plans on how to handle bullying situations in life that match their personality.
Severson Sisters believes it is vital to
The three benefits of being a Super Girl are:
- Receiving a self-esteem tool belt
- They learn how to develop and maintain healthy relationships with their peers
- They identify and practice action plans to help them deal with bullying
Severson Sisters collected stories and surveys of a number of Super Girls who participated in the program. Girls revealed two powerful key points.
- They felt stronger and more confident in who they are
- They understood the importance of speaking up for themselves and others