Subject: Supporting online learning

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Dear Friend,

Before we take a break for a few days or weeks—depending how you acknowledge Easter and if you are on holidays in your part of the world—I just wanted to let you know about a few resources that will be available within the next month.

With COVID-19 changing the way education is delivered, Chanel and Meg, our Primary and Secondary school specialists, have a few things in the pipeline to make online wellbeing education easier for teachers. Coming up soon:
  1. 2 new units within the IQ PROGRAMS - curriculum designed to equip kids & youth to confidently navigate hypersexualised culture and other 21st century challenges. These 3-lesson units are flexible for delivery in the classroom and online. Brain Burger for 11-13-year-olds and Clean Sweep for 13-15-year-olds will both provide opportunity for young people to develop critical thinking skills for online activities, including p0rnography, gaming and social media. 
  2. Short online courses for both teens and kids. The Essentials for Online Safety courses will provide young people with an opportunity to learn skills for staying safe online, protecting their identity, reporting issues and taking responsibility for their time spent online.
  3. Online webinars - we've had a flood of emails from organisations seeking online professional development for their wellbeing teams and whole-school staff. In addition to our online video training: Responding to P0rn Culture, we are also working with schools, counsellors, colleges and more to deliver webinars tailored for their needs.
These resources are an urgent priority for our team given children and young people are at higher risk than ever before. This week, the eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said there was a 40 per cent increase in reports over the past three weeks, compared with the previous 12-month weekly average. Reports of image-based abuse had increased by about 86 per cent, while reports about cyber-bullying of children were up 21 per cent.

More details about how these online programs and presentations will support staff, children and young people will be provided soon. In the meantime, please ensure you share the eSafety tips for staying safe (below), and I hope you have a restful few days in this stressful time.

Till next time, stay inspired.
Liz Walker and the Youth Wellbeing Project team.
Looking for ways to start Tricky Conversation?

Over the past few weeks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, we shared a series called 10 Reasons to Steer Clear of P0rn - excellent conversation starters for speaking with teens. Download the graphics today and #StartTalking.

Also, we've also updated our YouTube Channel, collating all our favourite videos on playlists for educators and families, teens, and kids under 12. Another great way to be equipped for tricky conversations!
Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Whether through choice, necessity or clear direction, an increasing number of people are staying home as COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, sweeps the globe. It’s a worrying time, with implications for personal wellbeing right through to international stability.

The eSafety Commissioner is adding new content every day to help you stay safe online. Read on for an online safety kit for parents, information on protecting children from online abuse, and for educators, keeping schools and learning safe online.

Not working with children and youth?

If these newsletter updates for schools and youth organisations are not what you are looking for, parents can sign up for the Resilient Kids updates. Or, to be inspired for activism, head over to Liz Walker Presents and sign up for a different conversation.
Youth Wellbeing Project, PO Box 1055, North Lakes, QLD, 4509, Australia
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