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Respectful Relationships Not Blaming Key To Preventing Bullying

Australia’s leading childhood preventive health education provider says that giving young people skills to develop respectful relationships is key to tackling bullying, both online and offline.

As children head back to school amid renewed concerns about cyber-bullying, Life Education today announced the launch of its new program module, Relate, Respect, Connect, aimed at teaching children aged 10-13 how to build safe and respectful relationships. The Relate, Respect, Connect module was co-funded by Gandel Philanthropy and Life Education Foundation.

Life Education spokesperson Kellie Sloane said that bullying in any form can be complex and challenging for both parents and schools and the problem needs to be addressed at a fundamental level.

“There is more to cyber-bullying than just teaching children how to block the culprits,” Ms Sloane said. “Across our community there is a need to promote tolerance and respect.

“We must take a constructive approach to the problem rather than assigning blame. Often, young people don’t see the link between their actions and consequences.

“Children are going to come across people who they don’t agree with or who don’t make them feel good. We need to equip them with skills including how to respectfully manage disagreements, develop self-respect and empathy, and respond to disrespectful behaviours.”

In 2016 Life Education released a dedicated cybersafety module for children aged 8-10. ‘bCyberwise’ has become Life Education’s most sought after module reaching around 70,000 students nationally in the past 12 months.

The new Relate, Respect, Connect module, aimed at upper primary students, builds on this success and looks at how to promote safe and respectful relationships both online and offline.

“Students are taught key skills including how to respect themselves and others, maintaining positive relationships, and strategies to respond to unsafe or disrespectful behaviour ,which are fundamental to promoting resilience and

positive mental health, as well as future academic and career success,” Ms Sloane said.

For more information or to book the program for your school, visit

www.lifeeducation.org.au

About Life Education

Life Education is Australia’s largest provider of preventive health and drug education to school children. With the help of its iconic mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe, Life Education has been empowering children and young people to make safer and healthy choices for nearly 40 years. We work in more than 4000 schools and preschools across mainland Australia, with more than 700, 000 school children participating in our program each year. Our 130 specially trained educators visit students in every state and territory across Australia via our 100 mobile classrooms.

Life Education is certified by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to deliver online safety programs in Australian schools.

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