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Curiosity is Natural

While the topic of sexuality and surrounding issues can be hard subjects to broach with teens, the information that is passed onto young people from reliable sources, such as caring parents, carers, teachers, youth workers etc is crucial.

The latest annual youth survey from Mission Australia indicates that young people are getting the majority of their information on these topics from the internet. (72.8%)

Research now tells us:

  • 45% of teens are using unsafe social media.
  • Teenagers are spending close to 3 hours a day on social media sites.
  • 90% of boys and 60% of girls have visited porn sites.
  • 70% of girls between the ages of 15 and 19 receive online harassment and bullying.

Young people are searching for answers. We owe it to them to do all we can to ensure their answers are coming from a reliable source.
Start a conversation with your children.
Be the reliable source of information on these topics for your kids.

PROTECT TEENS FROM PORNOGRAPHY

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RECOMMENDED READING

RAISING BOYS

PORNOGRAPHY

RAISING GIRLS

 PARENTING

RECOMMENDED FILTERING AND ACCOUNTABILITY SOFTWARES

RECOMMENED WEBSITES FOR YOUR FAMILY

  • Protect Our Kids – Guiding parents in raising children in a hyper-sexualized society
  • Parent Leadership – guiding parents in raising children to become competent, responsible, considerate, and generous men and women

  • Michael Gurian – website owned by the author Michael Gurian, to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy

APPS YOU SHOULD HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING ABOUT

TINDER

An app that is used for hooking up and dating.

BLENDR

A flirting app used to meet new people through GPS location services.

YIKYAK

Anonymous text app using GPS locations.

SNAPCHAT

This app allows a user to send photos and videos to anyone on his/her friend list.

KIK MESSENGER

Allow users to engage with strangers through pics, sketches, and texts.

ASK.FM

Q&A site that is known for prevalent bullying and problematic anonymity.

WHISPER

An anonymous confession app that allow users to superimpose text over a picture to share their thoughts and feelings anonymously.

OMEGLE

Anonymous chat site encouraging strangers to engage through chat or video.

DOWN

An app allowing users to deem facebook friends suitable to either “hang with” or “hook up with”.

PARENTS FEEDBACK TO OUR SEMINARS

I attended the parent information night last night at Chanel with special presenter David Kobler. As a parent of 3 teenage boys and 2 soon-to-be teenage girls, I found the night to be both informative and engaging. David is an excellent speaker and although the information was, at times, shocking, I came away feeling like I had gained so much to aid my boys as they navigate through the next few years.

I was pleased to know that the information David gave us will be the same as he will present to the Year 10’s today. So much of what he said are things that I talk to my children about, but I think coming from someone else always seems to make such more of an impact. I certainly look forward to talking to my Year 10 boy tonight! Please pass on my thanks I hope this will become a yearly discussion.

Parent, Gladstone QLD

I would like to thank you for running such a wonderful program in the Year 11 Retreat. Our son does not usually and openly share his experiences, unless we are in our car driving. We often drive around to have discussions, as he is not one to sit down and talk. We went out for dinner last night with his grandparents, and much to our surprise we talked about some of the topics covered on the retreat.

We were so impressed that he took a lot of the information in, and was internalising his experiences. We could see from his demeanour that something has changed – matured. From our perspective the retreat had a very positive impact. We could see that he is continuing to find his identity and determine the type of person he is aspiring to become. Please congratulate the presenter and the staff who participated in the organisation

Parent Year 11

My son came home and talked at great length about all that he had heard throughout the day and that this was by far the most outstanding and most impressionable retreat he has experienced since he has been at CBC. From what he has told us, the issues were not only interesting but also extremely important and relevant to him and his classmates.

Thank you again for what is clearly a terrific programme.

Parent, Freemantle WA

The girls have not stopped talking about how amazing David was. We have not long left the dinner table after a lengthy explanation of the entire day! The following comment was made from one of our Miss 15s, “I bet David would have made a lot of girls think twice before having an early sexual relationship.”Please pass on our thanks and gratitude to David.

Thank you, thank you, thank you from one very happy parent!

Parent

Our son came home today saying the “talk” he had at school today was very good. He was keen to talk about a whole lot of things we haven’t really known how to approach with him before. Us attending the seminar the night before was perfect as we had an idea of what was going to be discussed with him so it was easy for us to prompt him on a couple of topics we were really interested to ascertain how he was going.

Parent, Christchurch NZ