Kidbiz Personal & Social Development Education...Middle School Years

Supplementary Workshops

Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs (Peers, not parents, sway teenage drug use)

Single workshop session for years 7-9 (ages 12-14)

It is a skills/strategy session, providing information to students on peer pressure, unsafe situations and social dilemmas in relation to teenage cigarette smoking, alcohol and drug use. It also addresses the short and long term physical, social and legal consequences. Teenagers' friendship groups in the late stages of puberty have the greatest influence on whether they drink alcohol, smoke or use cannabis. (Melbourne University research)

Keep Safe (Cyber safety)

Single workshop sessions for years 6-8 (ages 11-13)

This session helps students identify and develop skills that are required for their personal safety, their social and family responsibilities and strategies to minimize risks associated with chat rooms, cyber bullying, harassment and assault.

Friendships, Conflict and Stress

Single workshop session for years 6-8 (ages 11-13)

A session that equips students with a survival kit of skills required to build /make successful, healthy, friendships/relationships, as well as strategies for resilience, coping with stress and conflict.

Mission Australia (2010) surveyed 30, 000 young people between the ages of 11 and 24 years.

Two of the highest ranked issues that worried them, were family conflict and coping with stress.

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"My kids (Year 6) have absolutely loved the Growth and Development lessons presented by Wendy Hill. Using a great mix of hands-on activities, videos, real-life photographs and informative discussion, Wendy has sensitively taken them out of their comfort zone, yet, at the same time making their learning a fun and rewarding experience.

As Issey writes,

"Every week I was looking forward to the lessons, because they were great fun and I really learnt a lot about all the things we would be going through. It has taught me to accept all the things that happen to your body, and now I am not afraid to talk about them."

And from Charlotte,

"I want to say I've learnt heaps and thank you, Wendy, for teaching us about growing up and for making it fun."

H. Birbeck, Highgate Primary School

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