Useful information for parents

Parent resource for reducing adolescent alcohol misuse

As part of an ongoing program aimed at reducing adolescent alcohol misuse, researchers at the University of Melbourne and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre have developed an online resource to help parents more confidently manage the issue of alcohol use with their adolescents: www.parentingstrategies.net. This website provides practical and relevant parenting tips through an interactive online parenting program, personalised for each parent.

Teenage drinking information for parents

This link will take parents and students to a very informative website which highlights the damaging effects that alcohol has on the adolescent brain.

www.teendrinkinglaw.vic.gov.au/


Tips to Help Parents Redefine their Role in Serving Alcohol to Teenagers

The wrestling that occurs in the mind of a teenager when they feel the pressure of peers to drink is enormous. However, when an adult serves up alcohol at a teenage party, this communicates to teens that the adult is both condoning and encouraging them to drink underage. Read the full article.

How to talk to kids about drugs

Paul Dillon, author of  “Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs” and Generation Next speaker says that in today’s society children are introduced to drugs from an early age; if they have a cough we give then ‘medicine’ for it. So there is no reason why we can’t introduce the idea of drugs at an early age and build on that knowledge later to alert them to the dangers and risks of taking illicit drugs. Read the full article.

How to support and encourage children to do their best in school

Click to read positive parenting tips about how to support and encourage children to do their best in school.

Cybersafety resources

Please take time to read these brief pages reproduced courtesy of Susan Maclean. An essential read is the Useful Cybersafety information websites factsheet.

Bully Stoppers is another great resource website about bullying for parents, students and teachers, and contains a number of resource sheets aimed at the primary and secondary school age student from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development: http://www.education.vic.gov.au

Young people and violence in the home

Adolescence is the stage in between childhood and adulthood - our brains keep developing right up to the age of about 25. During this time it is normal for young people to challenge authority and rules as they prepare to become independent and to run their own lives. So how do you know what is healthy anger and conflict and what is abusive behaviour? Read this booklet for advice.

Peninsula Health also have the Keeping Families Safe Program which is specific to Frankston and Mornington Peninsula. Parent/carers and young people can contact the access line on 1300 665 781.

Helping your child cope with grief and loss

Children can experience grief and loss from a very young age. Children dealing with grief may act out feelings, experience changes in sleep and eating patterns, display younger behaviours (regress) such as thumb sucking or bedwetting, or display anger or frustration. It can be difficult to talk to a child about death but it is important to be honest with them. Read the factsheet for advice on how to help your child deal with grief and loss.

Lifeline have produced a useful factsheet on how grief and loss may be defined and can affect wellbeing.