Subject: Youth Wellbeing Project endorsed as part of the Trusted eSafety Provider Program

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Dear Friend,

The world has changed dramatically in the last 2 weeks, and the year that started with mega blazes in Australia has pivoted now to global mayhem. We are all trying to adapt to our new normal in the face of Covid-19, and make necessary adjustments to meet the needs of children and young people.

It's clear that teachers and parents are facing huge challenges. Responses will differ depending on location, isolation rulings and a host of other variables, but one thing is certain—the education sector has rapidly changed.

We believe that educating for tricky conversations is the number one way to prevent children and young from developing mental health and safety vulnerabilities related to p0rnography access. And given kids are now spending so much more time at home and potentially on their devices for longer, the risks have increased. The Australian eSafety Commissioner, New Zealand Netsafe, Canada Cybertip, UK Barnado's, and the U.S. FBI, have all issued urgent warnings to parents about the likely rise in victims of online child sexual exploitation. To support educators and families, our team is working around the clock to bring you solutions to manage risks associated with online literacy and increased time on technology.

Via P0rn Resilient Kids, we are thrilled to welcome Jenny Hoey to our team as Parent Awareness Advocate. Read below to learn how Jenny is providing vitally needed information to equip families for tricky conversations.

And Chanel and Meg, our Primary and Secondary school specialists, are creating new resources and making adjustments to our presentations and programs, ready for online learning. Throughout 2020, we will strengthen the support we provide to schools with professional and educational direction that guides children and young people to avoid the onset of risky sexual behaviours (online and offline), and prevents emotional, psychological, social and other health risks.

We are thrilled to bring this news to you after having been endorsed by the eSafety Commissioner as a Trusted eSafety ProviderThe Trusted eSafety Provider Program is designed to give schools confidence that the external online safety provider they engage meets eSafety’s online safety education standards. Trusted eSafety Providers are endorsed by eSafety only after demonstrating their capability, experience and evidence-based online safety content. They are also required to comply with relevant safeguards for working with children. We are pleased to say that Youth Wellbeing Project meets these rigorous standards, and we're excited to join this collaborative community of practice.

In the coming weeks, we will provide more details about options for online programs and presentations to suit a range of possible scenarios that you may find yourself in as you deliver support to children and young people. In the meantime, keep reading below for free resources to help you with tricky conversations, recent blogs on the P0rn Resilient Kids website, and tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic (including protecting children from online abuse), brought to you by the eSafety Commissioner.

AND keep your eyes on your inbox for a new online literacy resource for teens, coming soon.

Till next time, stay inspired.
Liz Walker and the Youth Wellbeing Project team.
Jenny Hoey is the newest member of the Youth Wellbeing Project team. Jenny encourages conversations amongst parents in the OATH4parents Facebook Group, which is connected to the P0rn Resilient Kids and Youth Wellbeing Project Facebook pages. 

Oath is a closed group where members have a common interest in parenting children safely in the digital world and prioritising their emotional wellbeing. If you are a parent, we invite you to join the conversation

Teachers and wellbeing staff are welcome to join the Tricky Educators closed group for tips and resources to build online literacy and counteract hypersexualised p0rn culture.
Getting started with the “p” talk

Countless parents are daunted by the thought of having conversations about sex or p0rn with their younger children, and it’s completely normal to be anxious about the “p” word if you are starting from scratch. Becoming informed and comfortable with tricky topics is essential for the sake of keeping our beautiful kids safe. Read on...
How to have the other ‘p’ talk without scaring our kids

Predators are everywhere online, but more prevalent on platforms that attract children such as games and social media. Unfortunately, we can be guaranteed they will be on the prowl for children alone on their devices during this unprecedented global pandemic. Do you know how to keep children safe from online sexual exploitation? Read on...
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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