Carrie Severson of Severson Sisters Foundation shared with us about a fantastic program to bring awareness and prevention to bullying. As a result of her own life experience and life reflection, Carrie saw a need to change the way that girls interact with girls – a way to break through the “mean girl” syndrome. Through creative arts, The Severson Sisters program – Connections, teaches girls to embrace the “Super Girl” within, understand that as girls, we are all in this together, and that they need to treat each other with understanding and respect.
Both boys and girls are bullied. But Carrie noticed that girls often bully in a “different” way. She saw that the dynamic in girl bullying instances, peaking in the middle school years, is often about social power and needing a place in the group. In power preservation mode, girls often use cutting and emotionally based words and actions to find some control and status. Connections helps the girls to recognize their own value and uniqueness through using positive words, positive actions and empowering activities. They share stories and experiences to help build understanding and empathy for what others are going through and how bullying behavior impacts others. The creative arts component of the program help the girls to express what they are feeling and experiencing in a different way than just talk – something that bullying victims are often hesitant to do.
Carrie gave us some signs to help us recognize if a child that is being bullied or that may be engaging in bullying behavior:
- They withdraw from social functions with friends.
- They seem depressed.
- They suddenly want to miss school.
- They stop enjoying the activities they used to do.
- They feel suddenly incapable in areas that they had been confident in.
- If they are engaging in bullying behavior, they may have been through a trauma in another area of life.
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