Mean Girls, Mean Boys: Kids can be pretty brave (and cruel) when it’s easy to hide behind technologyDecember 01, 2008
By JAYNE JACOVA FELD
...Another effort in Woodbury called Girls Circle was designed specifically to address the needs of girls, promoting healthy self-esteem, girl friendships and positive self-concept - all antidotes to bullying. Sharon Cardwell, a Woodbury social worker, is among staff members trained to meet with small groups of girls over several months to discuss confidential issues. The groups typically include girls from different social cliques who otherwise may not have gotten to know and respect each other, says Cardwell.
"The power of the group is the girls feel their voices are being heard," says Cardwell, who trained with the California-based nonprofit Girls Circle. "They can share their experiences with other girls and, hearing that other girls are having similar experiences, makes them feel more connected to girls their age."
For more information on Tides Center project Girls Circle, see www.girlscircle.com.