DIG­I­TAL PLAT­FORM HELPS PAR­ENTS

North Coast Weekender - - Opinion -

A BANKSIA Grove school is help­ing par­ents sup­port their chil­dren with is­sues such as cy­ber bul­ly­ing and in­ter­net ad­dic­tion.

Joseph Banks Se­condary Col­lege of­fers ac­cess to dig­i­tal well­be­ing plat­form SchoolTV, which pro­vides par­ents with ex­pert in­for­ma­tion and sup­port about var­i­ous prob­lems their child may face.

Learn­ing sup­port co-or­di­na­tor Anita O’Brien said it was the first pub­lic school in WA to in­tro­duce the ini­tia­tive that was aimed at help­ing par­ents raise safe, happy and re­silient young peo­ple.

“It’s de­signed for par­ents to in­form them and em­power them in re­la­tion to their ado­les­cents,” she said.

“They en­joy the fact we’re talk­ing about th­ese is­sues and of­fer­ing pro­fes­sional sup­port for them.”

The web­site fea­tures psy­chol­o­gist and au­thor Michael Carr-Gregg, along with pro­fes­sion­als from or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Headspace, the Al­co­hol and Drug Foun­da­tion and uni­ver­si­ties.

Par­ents can watch videos, read fact sheets, take a quiz and ac­cess links to re­sources to un­der­stand is­sues their child may be fac­ing and how to help.

Par­ents can ac­cess the plat­form via the school’s web­site and news­let­ters.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d472787

Year 10 stu­dents Rachael Woodcock, Brooke Pat­tin­son, Court­ney Bell, Act­ing Prin­ci­pal Liz Smith, Jac­inta Buck­land, Kayla Woodcock and Donna Sanju.

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