In the fall of 2010 Dorothy Edwards was approached by the Kentucky Domestic Violence Abuse Association and Girl Scouts of Kentucky to begin to a collaboration to create a program for our youngest Girl Scouts – ages 5 – 8. Green Dot for Kids.
Core Concepts are the Red Dot, Green Dot and Blue Block.
- Girls learn that Red Dot Ouches are verbal or physical bullying, discrimination, or harassment.
- Blue Blocks are obstacles that keep us from interrupting a Red Dot when it is happening.
- Green Dots are behaviors children and adults can do to stop a red dot while it is happening,
Girls can remember the D.O. T.
- Do something yourself
- get others to help
- tell a grown-up
Girls learn actions and communication skills they can use to stop a red dot.
Key components of the program will be delivered at a Green Dot Event for Girls and include a professionally produced video, a song and activity book.
- The video stars Miss Sally who meets a group of girls out on a playground. The actors are girls who are members of Daisy and Brownie troops in Kentucky's Wilderness Road and Kentuckiana councils. The video is comprised of 4 vignettes. The video introduces key concepts through song and discussion. It shows girls discussing key concepts and problem solving.
- There is a song that the girls learn that maybe you could describe as catchy – if you like the Barney song.
- Video vignettes of red dots that are used to increase girl’s skills in recognizing all forms of aggression and bullying.
- There are also video vignettes of green dot actions that demonstrate for girls a series of bystander intervention options.
- Another key component of the program is the Green Dot for Kids Activity Book that reinforces key concepts and provides age appropriate activities for skills practice. You have a copy of page 11 from the booklet.
- After girls attend the Green Dot event Girl Scout leaders will engage girls in an additional 6 hours of Booster Activities at the troop meeting. This is
- another important component - the 1 ½ hour Girl Scout Leader Training. Leaders receive the Green Dot Booster Bag to enable them to share the hands on Booster Activities.
- Girls earn this patch when they complete 6 hours in Green Dot Booster activities.