Summer camp helps girls deal with bullies

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by Kaley O'Kelley

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azfamily.com

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 9 at 12:41 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --  Did you know that girls are bullied more than boys?

The way girls bully is different than boys, according to the Severson Sisters, a Phoenix-based organization made up of people who are passionate about inspiring girls to feel more comfortable in their own skin.

Research has shown the majority of bullying happens in middle school.

A new program called Connections uses creative arts to help girls face these kinds of problems
while understanding the importance of being kind to one another.

These camps are being held all summer long t the Halle Heart Children's Museum in Tempe. They're designed specifically for girls between the ages of 10 and 14 .

If your kids are being troubled by a bully, Connections offers five tips to help.
  
1.) First, kids must tell the bully to stop. They must stand up for themselves. Try saying something like, "You know what, Carrie, don't do that. It's not cool."
 
2.) Shrug off the comment as if it didn't mean anything. Walk away calmly as if you have all the confidence in the world and just had a great conversation with someone you really like. Avoid the bully; create a new route to your locker or next class. If you have time, go somewhere that you feel safe to regroup your thoughts.
 
3.) Kids have to tell an adult they trust. They must be very specific about how this person made them feel. Do you feel threatened, scared, angry? These are important feelings to bring up adults. Everyone has to be in the know about what's happening at school. It's the only way that a bully's parents/guardians/teachers are going to know to watch that kid's behavior and address changes that have to happen.
 
4.) The THREE Ps! Surround yourself with positive, powerful, peers. Create friendships with these kids and stick with them. These kids are the ones who will help you stand up to the bully and help you avoid him/her until the situation is resolved. Sometimes you'll have to do this by joining a new group or organization so enlist your parents help in finding the right program for you.
 
5.) Teach children the power of self-esteem. Nobody can take power away from your child. Your child can handle anything. Provide your child with a few positive promises that he/she can repeat to him/herself to help deal with situations. "I can handle anything." "I'm beautiful, powerful and in charge of my life."
 

For more information about Connections Camp check out the Severson Sisters' website or call them.
Phone: 602-538-7562
Facebook: Severson Sisters
Twitter: @SeversonSisters
Mail - 6929 N. Hayden Road C4 #466, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

And for more information about the Halle Heart Children's Museum, email HHCM@heart.org or call 602-414-2800.

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