Parents and carers have an important role to play in keeping their children safe. The transition from adolescence to adulthood is one of rapid change, of increasing connection with peers, and of emerging independence from the boundaries of home, school and family.
During these times, young people may be confronted with violent or potentially violent situations. Violence can be physical, sexual or emotional and can occur in many different settings including the community, school, workplace and within family relationships. Sometimes violence is directly linked to bullying.
Tips for parents and carers to help keep young people safe
- view our powerpoint presentation - Information for parents 2.7M
- talk to your children regularly and listen to what they are saying
- try to keep up with what is going on in their life
- get to know their friends
- be interested in their life, yet still respect their need for privacy
- find out what communication technologies they use and whether they have a page on a website such as MySpace
- Cyber safety is a growing concern in our society. As parents we are aware that the internet, if used incorrectly, has its share of dangers and risks. Queensland Police Services provides you with practical information about internet safety through "Who's Chatting to Your Kids?"
- know what celebrations or gatherings they are attending and discuss with them the possible risks associated with the celebration and how to manage them
- talk to them about alcohol and drugs and the link between alcohol and the possible risk of violence that may result from its use
- discuss with them what things they can do if they are faced with or witness violence
- find out more about your legal responsibilities, particularly in regard to the supply of alcohol to minors (under 18 years of age)
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This page was last reviewed on 13 Feb 2012 at 12:59PM