BFF: Be a Friend First and Help Stop Bullying for Good!
When girls are mean to one another, you often don’t see anything at all. But you can feel it. The cliques. The eye-rolling. The taunting. The rumors. Making you feel invisible.
It’s still bullying. Right now, when girls are bullied, almost no one intervenes.
It’s time to be part of the change. Sometimes, when girls stand up for one another, the bullying stops immediately. Like, within 10 seconds! BFF gives you the tools to feel safe at school, online, and everywhere in between.
We teach you to recognize bullying. To resolve conflicts. To boost your confidence. To deal with mean girls and cliques. To be a better friend. To have better friends. To find the right words to stop bullying—once and for all.
Watch this video and hear what girls just like you have to say about how Girl Scouts helped them be a better friend and boost their confidence in the process.
When you know more about bullying, you can make a stand when it starts, and stop it before it gets worse. You’ll learn how to be a better friend, and help the girls you know feel safe and confident about being themselves. You’ll feel better about yourself, too! Take this quiz to test your bullying IQ, so you can fight the problem by being part of the solution!
Bullying stops when you make a stand. By talking about these cartoons, and rewriting some critical scenes, you can learn to stand up and support someone when a bully tries to make trouble. When you “flip the script,” you can stop a bad moment and be the one to say, “It doesn’t have to be like this!” The best part comes when you learn to stand up for yourself and others. You’ll also create a cartoon that tells a story from your own life. Flip the script with what you’ve learned!
Girls can make a PSA that tells others: “We can end bullying for good, if we start today!” Girl Scouts Speak Out! is also a great way for Cadettes to earn a step of their Digital Movie Maker badge, no matter what Journey they’re on! Visit Girl Scouts Speak Out and make a PSA that shows a world where girls put friendship first and we get to watch bullying disappear!
There are do’s and don’ts when you communicate online, and a lot of the don’ts can lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and gossip. You’ll BFF (Be a Friend First) when you really think about what your texts, tweets, and Facebook posts say about you and the people you care about. Take this quiz to learn more about being a good friend online, and see how much you really know about cyberbullying.
With Kindness Travels, you can send a random act of kindness to a girl on the other side of the world—or request a message whenever you need encouragement! Send as many messages as you like, knowing that the more you give, the more you help kindness spread. Use the colorful map to see the first name, age, and location of girls who are spreading kindness across the globe. See how far you can help kindness travel!
Have you ever felt betrayed by a girl you thought was a close friend? Have you been excluded from a group or called nasty names? Believe it or not, this is not “normal girl behavior.” Girls who bully don’t always punch and kick—they use a different kind of bullying called “relational aggression.” It happens a lot, but once you know more about it, you can decide to be open and honest, and stand up for kindness. Take the quiz, and see how by putting friendship first, you can defend yourself and be supportive of other girls.
Friendships can be complicated. Whenever girls form cliques, certain types of behavior can turn a good thing bad, and even lead to bullying. But when you decide to become a Peacemaker, you realize that you have the power to change attitudes. By focusing on being honest, supportive, and compassionate, you make a stand for what you know is right. You’ll not only improve the friendships you have, but also gain the confidence and uplifting spirit that empower you to branch out and make new friends. The first step is to ask yourself: Do I keep the peace or feed the drama? Take the quiz to find out how you’re doing—and how you can be a leader who’s also a great friend.
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Life is full of challenges, both big and small, that can get you down, but only if you let them! The Science of Happiness all boils down to staying positive, not letting your worries escalate, and always looking for the good in every situation. Don’t borrow trouble! Inner peace lies in how you deal with tough stuff. Happiness is relative, meaning that you can choose to be a positive person and always look for that silver lining—even when your life seems filled with stormy clouds. Take our Science of Happiness Quiz to evaluate your attitudes and consider new optimistic approaches that will make tough times easier to manage. That way, you will always see the light at the end of the tunnel.