Social media can be a helpful tool to enable kids to stay in touch with family and friends. While there are many positive benefits to social media use, there are potential risks. As parents, it’s important that you help your son to appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of social media and ensure his online safety.
For the most part, parents will instinctively know when their child is too sick for school. But there are always grey areas and scenarios which may cause you to question your judgement.
In the first instance, parents need to consider if their child could be contagious. You will also need to ensure he is well enough to participate in a full day of school activities and that a teacher will be able to provide the care he requires without impacting the rest of the class. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to tell if your child is too sick for school.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian teenagers are spending up to 18 hours per week online and 91 percent of teens aged 15 to 19 report using social media. Online and social media use plays a significant role in the lives of today’s youth.
On the whole, you could be forgiven for thinking our kids have never had it so good. They’re likely to be healthier, wealthier and better educated than any generation before them. But increasingly, they report feeling anxious, stressed and depressed.
In a 2016 KidsHelpline report, the organisation reported that it received 3,828 counselling contacts (74 contacts a week, or 11 a day) in relation to bullying. And now, a new study has found that children experiencing bullying are more likely to experience some impact on their academic performance.
“Cyber bullying, harassment and online safety is the number one issue compromising the safety of kids in schools at the moment," said Senior Constable Susan McLean, Cyber Safety Advisor.
With the proliferation of websites, apps, online games and social media, today’s children are exposed to a vast array of content and images as well as being able to communicate and share with people across the globe. The content they are exposed to, information they share, and people they connect with, may not always be appropriate.
Boys, like girls, can be easily influenced, both positively and negatively. They take advice and direction from those they admire. Parents often ask;
Are my son’s friends leading him astray? Are they a good or bad influence for my son?
Social media is an enjoyable, helpful tool that can enable you to keep in touch with family and friends. Young people will often communicate over social media when working on group assignments or organising events. They can also use it to help each other with homework or studies, so it can be a beneficial tool for your child’s education.
Each term, the Trinity Grammar School Life Skills programme focuses on a different aspect of wellbeing and forms an integral part of the Personal Development curriculum in each grade from Kindergarten to Year 6. The focus for each term changes, and over the course of the year Trinity boys will learn about:
Unfortunately, bullying is an all too common experience for many Australian students. Approximately 1 in 6 Australian school students between the ages of seven and 17 report being bullied at least once a week - with more primary school-aged students experiencing bullying.
In light of upcoming White Ribbon Day on 25 November, we share our reasons why boys schools should actively promote respect for women and indeed all people in general, as respect should underpin all relationships. The pervasive issue of domestic violence continues to dominate the national conversation.