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25/10/2013
​Dr Carr-Gregg

While students were enjoying a long weekend, our staff  attended the City Cluster Conference at Windsor State School. The keynote speaker (and definite highlight of the day) was Michael Carr-Gregg, who spoke at length about Student Wellbeing and Mental Health, and Cyber safety.  When discussing wellbeing and mental health, Dr Carr-Gregg noted that the following key factors can  predict a child’s wellbeing:

  • having a rich repertoire of friends , including the ability to  make and maintain friendships ,
  • looking after other people e.g. volunteering, helping out a neighbour
  • understanding that if you can't change something, you can change the way you think about it
  • the ability to  savour  the moment- basking in your accomplishments, remembering the good times, marvelling at life's wonders, luxuriating in the moment, anticipating future joys, seeing  life as it but focus on the good bits
  • counting their “blessings”  one by one – e.g. writing down three good things that went well and why
  • being active but being able to  relax

 

When discussing cyber safety, Dr Carr-Gregg was able to share a plethora of sites for teacher and parent reference. I recommend you view a few of these sites, so you are empowered to educate your own children about cyber safety:

Think U Know http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/

CyberSmart http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/

​Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre http://www.ceop.police.uk/

Cyber Safety http://www.communications.gov.au/online_safety_and_security/cyber_safety

Dr Carr-Gregg’s key messages about cyber safety are worth discussing in detail with your children:

  • Anyone online is at risk
  • Treat others the way you would like to be treated,
  • Don't post anything that you wouldn't  want your parents, grandparents, principal, teacher to see.