Internet safety and your children; why it matters – a short guide

 

Children may unintentionally come across inappropriate content online. Three forms of inappropriate information they may come across includes; content, contact and conduct. Internet safety for children is an important concern in order to protect them from the potentially harmful things on the internet – until they are able to understand and learn about their own need for safety and security online.

School-aged children may like to go online to do their homework, play interactive games or communicate with friends and family. At this time, they are starting to be more independent online, and thus there may be more risks to their online safety, in particular if they use the internet to connect to their friends and family.

By undertaking some practical internet safety precaution, you can protect your child from inappropriate content online. This may include supervising your child during their time on the internet, particularly if they are under the age of 12. This can also include teaching children a set of core values and behaviours that will enable them to browse online with awareness and knowledge, allowing them to experience the potential of the internet in regards to its capacity for knowledge, exploring, being creative and connecting with others.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

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Divorce and separation; how can educators and schools support young children, teenagers and families?

 

Young children and teenagers react differently to issues such as divorce and separation. Families may struggle to deal with the emotions surrounding these issues. To support them, educators and schools can undertake a number of strategies that will help young children, teenagers and their families cope with the stress from divorce and separation.

Educators and schools can support young children, teenagers and families by;

  • seeking information from families on what their new routines will be, so that you will be able to support children and young people with accurate information when they’re in your care
  • acknowledging the child or young person’s feelings about their parents’ separation, allowing them to express their feelings at school and in the classroom. For example, if a child expresses sadness that they haven’t seen a parent for a few days, you could acknowledge how hard this is and how it makes them feel
  • observing any changes in their behaviour, coping or emotions, to keep track of their emotional well-being, and communicating with the family about these changes. Divorce and separation in the family can be a risk factor for mental health issues that require further support from senior staff or well-being staff
  • encouraging young children and teenagers to talk with a trusted adult about how they’re feeling, or referring them to well-being staff if you think they could benefit from extra support
  • acknowledging that it’s a difficult time for the family and you may need to be understanding of the difficulties that could arise from moving between two houses (for example, school books being left at the other house)
  • encouraging communication with their family about the changes and any problems.

 

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

Divorce and separation; what can parents and carers do to support young children and teenagers?

 

Young children and teenagers react differently to issues such as divorce and separation. To support them, parents and carers can undertake a number of strategies that will help young children and teenagers cope with the stress from divorce and separation.

Parents, families and carers can;

  • Reassure children and teenagers that they will not lose the love and care of either parent. Ensure you follow this up by showing this through your actions.
  • Explain things to them, including what will change for them and how, what will stay the same, and what will happen as it relates to them (for example, where they’ll be living, how they’ll get to school).
  • Maintain as many normal routines as possible, to help them feel safer.
  • Understand and acknowledge that children and young people will all have their unique way of coping and dealing with divorce/separation, and they may react differently to each other.
  • Provide extra support before and after contact visits to help children and young people settle, and try to ensure that visits to the other parent are regular and predictable.
  • Recognise that it’s likely to be difficult for children and young people when either parent starts a new relationship. Similarly, if there’s ongoing conflict and hostility between family members, it’s much harder for them. Avoid criticising the other parent to children and young people.
  • Get support for them if that’s what they need to help them manage the stress of separation.
  • Respect their need to continue their relationship with the other parent (unless it’s unsafe), as well as with extended family such as grandparents, and support them to do so.
  • Allow older adolescents a more active role in the decision-making about their living arrangements.

 

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

Divorce and separation; the different ways that older children and teenagers can react

 

Divorce and separation  affect children and teenagers in different ways, depending on a number of factors including their coping style, their personality, their relationship with the family members going through the separation or divorce, how the people around them are coping and also the messages they receive about the situation. Teenagers and older children in particular are already going through a number of social, emotional and physical changes, and thus divorce and separation can be more difficult for them. For parents and carers, it may be hard to tell the difference between normal teenage angst and stress or struggles with divorce and separation issues. Some signs that you can look out for include;

  • behaviour, mood or personality changes – getting angry, upset or tearful more than usual
  • anti-social behaviour – not wanting to be around family members
  • problems with their school work – not completing it, sudden lower grades
  • problems with sleep – sleeping too much or too little, observed by you or reported to you by the school through observed excessive tiredness in class
  • eating problems like binge eating or loss of appetite
  • losing interest in activities they usually enjoy
  • having problems with friends or peer groups
  • taking risks like challenging school rules, shoplifting, graffiti, taking drugs or binge drinking.

 

These signs all point to common reactions faced by teenagers and older children experiencing the sense of loss and powerlessness that comes with divorce and separation.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

Divorce and separation; the different ways that young children may react

 

Everyone responds differently to situations involving divorce and separation. It can be a very stressful situation for people to go through – particularly young children and teenagers. Younger children may respond in a different way to your older children or teenagers, and this can depend on a number of factors including their coping style, their personality, their relationship with the family members going through the separation or divorce, how the people around them are coping and also the messages they receive about the situation.

Young children might be able to talk about their feelings, but more often how they feel will show through their behaviours. There are a few things to look out for – including changed behaviours – that might signal that your young child is having a difficult time dealing with the divorce/separation.

Look out for;

  • increased anxiety – your child is wanting to stay close to you or other family members and is distressed when away from you
  • increased anger, aggression or conflict with others
  • trying to be good – you might notice your young child is being extra careful and trying their hardest to be good. This could be a sign that they are worried about their family members own distress, or scared that they will be abandoned
  • protectiveness towards one parent and rejecting the other

These signs all point to common reactions faced by young children experiencing the sense of loss and powerlessness that comes with divorce and separation.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

 

 

 

Grief; what can cause grief reactions in children and young people?

 

Grief is our natural response to loss. It is a universal experience and a normal human response to the loss of someone or something we love and value. Anyone who is old enough to love, is old enough to grieve, and so even very young children can experience grief and loss. Children and young people will also be aware if their parents or carers are sad or having difficulties dealing with their own grief. So, it is important to share feelings with children so they understand it’s okay to be sad and to express those feelings of sadness.

Children and young people may experience grief when they lose someone or something they feel close to; a family member, friend, or pet. Grief can be more significant in the case of the death of a family member, friend or pet, but there are also other kinds of loss than can cause grief reactions in children and young people. These include;

  • separation of parents and/or family breakup situations
  • change of school or learning community
  • moving to a new house
  • loss of a friendship
  • relocating to a new country
  • having a disability or medical illness
  • having a family member in hospital for a long time.

 

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

Bullying; Whole-school strategies to prevent bullying

 

There are a number of strategies that schools can put into place in order to reduce bullying in the classroom and the playground, and to prevent it from occurring at all. Schools can adopt strategies that send anti-bullying messages, teach social and emotional learning skills, and promote healthy and positive relationships across the whole school community. These will go a long way to prevent bullying. Schools have found that there are lower levels of bullying and higher levels of student wellbeing under the following circumstances;

  • students feel connected to their school
  • students have good social and emotional skills
  • students are assured of support and disciplinary structures in the school
  • students are assured that teachers care about and promote student wellbeing
  • the school environment is positive, welcoming, caring, respectful, supportive, cooperative and fair
  • the school is strongly against bullying and aggression
  • school teachers use effective behaviour management
  • school teachers promote cooperation

Schools can also ensure there is adequate supervision in the classroom and on the playground, as it is crucial to catch incidents at early stages, respond to inappropriate or disrespectful language or behaviour, and to send clear messages to students about expectations. Bullying often occurs in the corridors of a school, in the classroom, or during competitive activities, so these need to be monitored well by the school to ensure bullying does not take place.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

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