The Green Dot Program is an anti-bullying, violence prevention program created by Dr. Dorothy Edwards.
The Green Dot violence Prevention Strategy was initially developed in a college setting. Dorothy Edwards developed it here at UK and served for five years as the founding Director of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center at the University of Kentucky. From there Dr Edwards adapted the program for high school students and then for middle school students.
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. This spring we are ready to launch the Green Dot pilot project for Kindergarten through 3 graders - our Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts.
The Green Dot program’s goal is to help Girl Scouts learn how to safely spot and identify a bully; and how to help another child who is being bullied.
Girls learn to be active role models for healthy relationships and create an environment where Girl Scouts do not accept bullying, teasing and aggression as the norm but they become active participants in prevention.
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.