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Published March 30th 2020
5 Trustworthy Aussie websites for families during Covid-19
Every family has been thrown into unfamiliar territory with social distancing and many parents working from home to help prevent the spread of the virus Covid-19. It may be a confusing and stressful time for children when their routines are turned on their head and there is little certainty about the future. Here are 5 Australian websites that can help support your children, and you, through this period of upheaval.
1. School TV This is an Australian based website, featuring Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. It is an online resource designed to empower parents with credible, sound information with realistic and practical strategies. You'll find Fact Sheets, suggested books, apps, websites and great content from organisations such as Beyond Blue, ReachOut and HeadSpace. Topics covered include resilience, blended families, exercise, nutrition, anxiety, sleep, happiness and mindfulness. They have a specific video explaining the covid-19 virus which can be accessed here.
ReachOut is Australia's leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. Their practical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information offered to parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too. There is a section on how to cope with the coronavirus situation as well as a range of articles and resources for young people (and their families). This website also features young people sharing what's helped them get by and stay well.
3. Happier. Healthier This is a Queensland Government initiative aimed at helping families become as healthy as possible so they can get the most out of life. They even have a top list of family activity apps designed for the whole family to have fun, stay active and occupied while indoors.
4. Bullying. No Way! This website helps parents, kids and school learn about respectful relationships and how to deal with bullying. They have early childhood resources to help young children learn about how to get on with others and how to solve their problems without physical or verbal aggression. There is an app especially for children from 3 to 8 years of age that is an interactive story to help children learn about how to tell how others are feeling, how to get on with others and how to deal with difficult social situations. You can access it here.
Bullying No Way
5. Raising Children Network This website provides free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information. They are funded by the Australian Government and reviewed by experts. Designed for busy families and full of tips and tricks, there are answers to hundreds of parenting questions including coronavirus. The resources are tailored to different stages from newborn to teens and parents too.
There are many resources available on the internet. Just be sure to check the credentials of the website to make sure you are getting reliable information.
Now here is a picture of my beautiful pup to brighten your day and distract you from the worry of this situation.
And remember, this too shall pass and we will be able to socialise a little more in the future.