The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is held on the third Friday of March every year. The NDA is Australia’s key anti-bullying campaign for schools, and provides an opportunity for school communities across the country to take a stand together against bullying and violence. The NDA is delivered by Bullying. No Way! to help schools find workable solutions to bullying in their communities.
The online world can be an exciting, empowering and challenging place. Cyber safety education is essential if we want to create a more positive future for young people.
The 2019 eSafety Conference was held in Sydney in September. Hosted by The Office of the eSafety Commissioner and Netsafe New Zealand, eSafety 2019 was an opportunity for the world’s foremost academics, industry leaders, educators, policy makers and young people to come together and discuss the biggest online safety issues of our time. The focus of this year’s event was on working together to create an online world that is positive, inclusive and safe for everyone.
Screen time is a major concern for many parents. Children are learning to use digital devices from a young age and primary school students regularly use technology for entertainment and to socialise with their friends. The latest Child Health Poll found that one-third of Australian pre-schoolers, two-thirds of primary school children and almost all teenagers own their own tablet or smart phone.
We need to have more conversations with young people about mental health.
In the 2017 Mission Australia Youth Survey Report, mental health was rated by young people as the most important issue affecting Australia today . While the majority of young people reported feeling optimistic about the future, they also saw mental health as one of the major barriers to achieving their work and study goals.
Issues like anxiety, depression and substance misuse can have a devastating effect on individuals and communities, and if not addressed early, can impact on a young person’s ability to work, socialise and function throughout their life.