Parents play an important role in building their children's resilience and supporting key road safety and drug education messages promoted in early childhood centres and schools.
SDERA provide information, resources and education workshops that support parents as vital partners in high quality education programs for children and young people. Our resources and fact sheets on a range of resilience, road safety and drug education topics are relevant to parents of children in the early years and up to Year 12.
We offer education workshops at various times throughout the year in the metropolitan and regional areas, and on topics such as buying and fitting the right car restraint for your baby or child, teaching your teenager to drive and what to do when your child asks you about alcohol or other drugs.
Ask your children's centre or school about programs they have in place as they may already be using SDERA programs and resources.
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There is strong research to suggest that the foundations of many behaviours and skills are formed by children before they reach the age of four. Parent participation in early childhood education is widely recognised in contemporary research as crucial to positive lifelong outcomes for children. Parents can build their children's resilience skills and influence their attitudes and behaviours related to road safety and drugs
As children build their strength and understanding of the world around them it's important that parents support their health, wellbeing and safety learning outside the classroom and in the home. Teaching your children how to be resilient and make smarter, safer choices in the traffic environment and in challenging situations involving drugs is a protective factor that parents can influence.
Adolescence is sometimes called the bridge between childhood and adulthood. It's a time of huge change for a young person's brain and body. The way an adolescent brain works and thinks can provide many challenges for parents and it may seem that the relationship and connection you had with your child has changed. Adolescence is also a time of social and emotional development so it helps to know what's going on for your children, what to expect, how to communicate with them, and how best to support them in their academic, social and physical growth.