On my way to work last week, I heard on the ABC Radio National program that Australia is the biggest consumer of the illicit party drug, ecstasy; which is not good news for parents, educators, medical practitioners and law enforcers.
This news led me to ponder on the huge responsibility of parents today to keep their children safe in the areas of physical, emotional, psychological and mental health. As parents, we may have personal experience in managing our own safety in these areas in the past as children or students, however, the digital and physical worlds in which our children have to navigate these days are very different from the ones we parents had to navigate when we grew up. Consequently, as parents, we learn each day about parenting, learning from the experts in specific fields while trying to understand the individual needs of our own children because they are different individuals, even though they might be raised in the same households.
The college is committed to working in close partnership with parents to ensure that our students, your children, grow and develop in a safe environment at the college. We need your support to ensure that there are similar levels of expectations with regard to the children's behaviour, study habits and digital footprints, at home and at the college. This includes their digital citizenship and behaviours. Furthermore, we have trained staff at the college who can and will support you as you navigate in the choppy and, at times, murky waters of parenting.
With open and solution-focussed communication with the staff at the college, together, we can keep our students, your children, safe as they grow,develop and respond to the demands of the world they live in. Collaboration gives us strength and I thank you for your support and partnership in this exciting journey of your children's growth and development.
Mrs Tsae Wong