I have just noticed a news item about a girl who committed suicide who had been cyber bullied. There have also been some newspaper articles regarding this recently. In one of them the principal stated that students don’t have access to Facebook at school. I wonder does he really not know that most students have unlimited access on their mobile phones?

I attended a mental health conference held by Dr Michael Carr-Greggs on the second last day of term. He was an excellent speaker and provided alot of information that teachers really need to know. I realized that the library needs to have information for students displayed especially help lines and also websites. He pointed out that many students would prefer to get help online as that is where they feel most comfortable such as eheadspace. He also spoke about online computer games such as reachoutcentral or moodgym. Also the need to raise the levels of EMOTIONAL LITERACY

Our school has developed anti bullying programs that will be taught to year 7 in the first term of school. We have had ongoing problems with year 7 last year especially in regards to cyber bullying and have often had the police liaison officer at school. Ethical use of technology needs to be reinforced across the school. It has been suggested that a safe school policy be developed WITH the students.

He also spoke about practicing random acts of kindness starting a gratitude journal at happyrambles and encouraging students to do the same. I also need to check out actionforhappiness and authentichappiness.com

Also need to check out the National Centre Against Bullying website.

Headspace- Online Counseling

Reach Out Central- The Game

Mood Gym- Cognitive Behavior Training Program

Happy Rambles- Gratitude Journal

Action For Happiness

Authentic Happiness


About tanialibraryquest

I am a drama/ history teacher and have just started a Masters of Education Teacher Librarian. I have been involved extensively in the arts, mostly in dance and theatre. I have worked in community theatre through federal arts funded projects and also worked with Ausdance National at National Youth Dance Festivals. I have worked in schools as an "outside professional", and decided to complete and Grad Dip Ed. I was very keen to work in drama in schools but have since gained a number of blocks as teacher librarian. I enjoy the dynamic nature of the work, team teaching, collaborating, management and developing relationships with students who access the library. I have done some renovating and re-organising of teaching areas. I am having a crash course in Oasis library catalogue and also technology! Looking forward to the masters and all it has to offer!
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