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April 2019: I was fascinated by a recent report from the Girl Scout Research Institute. They conducted a national study with nearly 2,900 girls and boys ages 5–17, and their parents, for a closer look into girls’ digital experiences and their use of technology to lead in their own lives. I was surprised at the impressive number of girls who exhibited leadership in the digital space. The study indicated that more than half of girls are digital leaders. What that means is these girls exhibit confidence, enthusiasm, and love for learning; the ability to consume information online with a critical lens; and interest and aptitude in creating, innovating, and connecting with social issues and causes digitally—and inspiring others to do the same. 

Interestingly, and maybe surprising to many, was that fact that girls are as likely as boys to be digital leaders. Girls and boys don’t differ significantly when it comes to digital leadership overall: 52% of girls and 50% of boys are digital leaders. Girls who are digital leaders are more likely than non-digital leader girls to be interested in STEM fields and future tech careers. And Girl Scouts are more likely to be digital leaders than boys, and non–Girl Scout girls! Sixty-four percent of Girl Scouts are digital leaders, versus 50% of boys and 43% of non–Girl Scout girls.  

Girl Scouts stand out in the digital space. They’re able to: 

  • Connect themselves and others to social issues and causes
  • Find reliable information
  • Use technology to create something new

With a little help and encouragement, every girl can become a digital leader!
Here are five ways you can support girls’ digital leadership: 

  1. Emphasize to girls that they have what it takes to lead in the digital space, as girls are often given less of this encouragement than boys.
  2. Find out what exactly girls are doing on the internet. Talk to them about their online activity and help them engage safely and meaningfully.
  3. Treat daughters and sons equally when it comes to establishing rules about tech use.
  4. Teach girls to be skeptical about information they find online—to consider various sources and evaluate their legitimacy—in order to build media literacy.
  5. Encourage girls, starting at a young age, to take healthy risks and learn from setbacks in their online activity, reminding them that some of the best innovation comes from trying, failing, and trying again (and again!). 

Girl Scouting in particular caters to girls’ specific learning and leadership styles and reflects the most promising practices for developing even more girls who are not just comfortable engaging digitally today, but who are primed to lead us into the digital future!

>> Cookie Delivery, Gold Award Ceremonies, State of the Girl, more

March 2019

March 8: World Thinking Day activities, Mall Lock-In, Camp Ledgewood Naming Opportunities, Decoding the Digital Girl, more

February 2019

February 15:  Women of Distinction winners; Gold Award Spotlight, Meet a Board Member, STEM Advisory Committee

January 2019

January 11, 2019: Be a Badge Boss, Pixie Plus, FirstEnergy thanks

December 2018

December 2018: The Perfect Gift, Meet a Board Member, Gold Award Highlight  

November 2018

November 2018:  Mysterious Fun, Dessert First Sweet Success, New features on Pixie Plus

October 2018

October 5: Life saving action recognized, Girl Scouts celebrate women, Meet GSNEO Board Member: Robyn Gordon, Grant Highlight: AT&T

September 2018

September 9, 2018: Setting the Record Straight, Ella: Champion of Literacy, Women of Color event, Show your Sash: Ann Manby, Be a Badge Boss!

August 2018

August 3: Thanks to Julianne, Girl Scout Destinations, Tribute to a World Changer, Bee Safe Bronze Award project, Gold Award Spotlight

July 2018

July 6, 2018:  Unleash Strong! Be a Girl Scout, All Aboard the Natuica Queen, Gold Award Glitter, Lunch and Limo, Garden Dedication, Happy 100th Birthday Celebration, Show Your Sash: Diana Selzer

June 2018

June 8, 2018: More than S'mores, Camp Inspires: Check out some end of the year celebrations, A Savannah Send-Off, GSNEO Spotlights, and Count Sheep at Camp Ledgewood

May 2018

May 14, 2018: A Matter of Convenience, GSNEO hits a Bullseye!, Cupcake Wars, A sweet Bronze Award celebration, Celebrating our Volunteers

April 2018

April 6, 2018: The Giving Gap, Donor Spotlight, Women of Distinction tickets available, Peeps Palooza, Pixie Plus

March 2018

March 9, 2018: Girl Scouts is inspiring the next generation of change makers, Going for the Gold Celebrations, Cookie Pros meet the Board of Directors, Visiting the Women in Networking: Cleveland Chapter, more adventures in the community!

February 2018

February 9, 2018: Joining Hands in Friendship to Conquer Fear, World Thinking Day visits, All about Mall Lock-in, Featured Girl Scout Alum, Girl Scout Champion, Town Hall Meetings

January 2018

January 5, 2018: Big (often pretty unrealistic) goals

 

 

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