Published: 23 January 2019

Have a back-to-school plan

Particularly if cyberbullying or friendship problems have occurred during the holidays. Parents and teachers can help ease the transition by talking to kids about how they feel about going back to school. They can support them by listening to how they’re feeling, responding with empathy, and working with them to come to a solution. Remember that not all problems need to be fixed, and just knowing they’ve been heard can make a big difference.

Students can create an action plan for their first week. This may involve calling a friend they trust to meet them at the gate on the first day, or making contact with a classroom teacher or wellbeing staff member who can support them in the first week.

With open communication, balance and bit of planning, teachers and parents can help students enjoy the break, stay safe online and feel confident to start the new school term.

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