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For the 5th year running, Brainstorm Productions is proud to be a supporter of Privacy Awareness Week (PAW). PAW is an annual initiative run by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities forum. 

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We've had a bumper few weeks celebrating National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on 15 March 2019 followed by Harmony Week on 17 to 23 March 2019. 

Standing side-by-side with school students across Australia, we marked the ninth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence by promoting this year's theme of 'Bullying. No Way! Take action every day'.

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National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence 2019

Bullying. No Way! Take Action Every Day

The importance of bullying awareness and education in our schools cannot be overstated. Which is why we’re proud to yet again be a supporter of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence happening on Friday 15th March 2019.

Working with teachers and students we’ll be delivering our bullying programs to ten high schools and primary schools throughout Australia to help celebrate and reinforce this year’s theme: ‘Bullying. No Way! Take action every day’. This is a theme that is close to our hearts, with our anti-bullying programs performed every school day throughout the year and seen by over 360,000 students annually.

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With a staggering 99% of 15-17 year olds being online and 97% of households with children under 15 having access to the internet, cyber safety education is critical in helping young people stay protected online. 

In partnership with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, last Tuesday the 5th February, we celebrated Safer Internet Day 2019 with a jam-packed itinerary of primary and high school live cyber safety theatre shows.

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Cyber safety education

On Tuesday, 5 February 2019 we are celebrating Safer Internet Day.

Coordinated by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner in Australia and celebrated in over 130 countries, this year’s Safer Internet Day theme is: ‘Together for a better internet’ and is designed to raise awareness about the safe and positive use of digital technology, and to explore the role we can all play in creating a better and safer internet.

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This week was Stay Smart Online Week, a week to raise awareness about cybercrime and how to reverse the threat. Cybercrime is a significant issue in Australia, with a colossal 6.09 million adults having experienced an online breach in 2017.*

With tech-use among students rapidly rising each year, internet safety education is vital. In fact, Roy Morgan Research found that 97 per cent of children under 15 had continual access to the internet. 97 per cent! 

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Yesterday we hit the ground running as we celebrated the tenth R U OK?Day across the country. R U OK?Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day’s the day to ask “Are you OK?” and support those struggling with life. As the R U OK? School Partner, R U OK?Day is about inspiring school students to make a difference by having meaningful conversations with friends and family, and talking to a trusted adult if they or someone in their life needs help. 

3 Little Words to Ask Every Day to Help with Student Wellbeing

This year, in the lead up to their tenth national day of action R U OK?Day on Thursday 13 September, suicide prevention charity R U OK? are on an epic cross-country tour to show Australia every day is R U OK?Day.

We sat down with Katherine Newton, Campaign Director R U OK?, to discuss why this is a message for everyone no matter their age or location. 

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R U OK Konnect App Blog

Transform your smartphone into a positive wellbeing tool by downloading the R U OK? mobile app Konnect. This handy app encourages you to hit the pause button and make time for your friends and family, with the aim of boosting emotional wellbeing. 

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Bullying Program

What a week! It all kicked-off with the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on Friday 16th March, followed by World Day of Theatre for Children on Tuesday 20th March and lastly Harmony Day on Wednesday 21st March.

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Our urge to tell stories is innate, and takes many different forms. Gossip. Literature. Films. Television. Theatre. Our insatiable need for stories is driven by a need to understand and connect with others. It’s also a way to understand the world around us. As psychotherapist Anthony de Mello states: 'The shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story'.  

The power of fables

Storytelling has been used since ancient times to educate, entertain and connect. People once sat around the fire, sharing stories with strong moral and educational values. These stories, known as fables, were told and retold over generations. 

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Recent psychological research suggests that empathy is the key ingredient in forming positive relationships. Empathy helps us connect with others, and understand their thoughts and feelings. This helps us know how to respond and engage with others.

What is empathy?

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By Amy Williams - Guest Contributor  

As teachers, the battles we are fighting these days, together with parents, to keep children safe, can feel impossible to beat at times, due to the internet which, along with the good, has also brought the bad. From inappropriate content to online predators, there are risks to kids being allowed to surf online.

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New Survey Reveals Aussies Spend more time with Screens than Quality Time with Family and Friends

A NEW national survey from R U OK? has revealed Australians spend an average of 46 hours of their weekly downtime looking at their TVs and digital devices, compared to an average of six hours engaging with family and friends.

The suicide prevention charity has also revealed that around half of Australians spend two hours or less of their weekly downtime connecting with the people who matter to them.

R U OK? Campaign Director Rebecca Lewis said the research has highlighted that we’re more intimately acquainted with our devices than the highs and lows of our families’ and friends’ lives. 

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As the R U OK? School Partner, Brainstorm Productions works closely with national suicide prevention charity R U OK? to help Australian school students understand the importance of reaching out and talking to their friends and classmates about life’s ups and downs.

Brainstorm Productions provides live in-school theatre programs to 350,000 students each year. The programs are designed to address student wellbeing and to provide students with day-to-day skills and strategies to deal with bullying, cyberbullying and violence. As part of the in-school programs, students are also provided with information about R U OK? and how to find conversation tips, helplines and lots of conversation resources on the R U OK? website. 

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5 Reasons your School Should be Booking our High School Productions

1.) Reward Positive Behaviour

As more and more schools move from punishment to positive disciplinarian approaches, theatre can be used as a highly constructive reward. Not only will high school students view this as a fun incentive for making well-balanced choices, but Brainstorm Productions theatre programs also reinforce and support school-wide behavioural expectations including anti-bullying, anti-violence, cyber safety and respectful relationships, to name just a few. 

And at a cost of only $6 per high school student*, including comprehensive teachers’ resources, a Brainstorm Productions performance rewards schools too.  

2.) Help Empower Students

Schools and teachers are becoming increasingly entrusted to help equip students with the social and emotional skills required to make positive contributions to society. 

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Wired Generation Next

 

The origin of the ancient art form theatre first appears in the 3rd century BC and was used in festivals that honoured the Greek god Dionysus. Digital citizenship, on the other hand, was only established during the 1990's technology boom, as a way to help structure what was considered appropriate and inappropriate use of technology.

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 STAAR Awards

Brainstorm Productions has been awarded top honours at the 2016 STAAR Awards, held as part of the 2016 ‘No 2 Bullying’ Conference. The organisation was presented with the ‘Stop School Bullying Award’ by the 2016 STAAR Awards Committee and the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association for their outstanding range of bullying programs. 

Judged by a panel of anti-bullying experts, Brainstorm Productions was chosen for their exceptional commitment to bullying prevention and for their outstanding contribution to anti-bullying education in schools. Brainstorm Productions uses live educational theatre in primary and high schools to connect and enact change with a range of bullying and cyber bullying programs.

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Research shows that one in five Australian young people aged 12 to 17 have been the target of cyber bullying. While Brainstorm Productions have been touring their student wellbeing programs for over 30 years, their first cyber safety theatre productions started touring in 2003 (yes, before Facebook!). In the beginning Brainstorm Productions had two eSafety programs that tackled issues surrounding MySpace, text messaging and e-mail bullying. 

Over time this has developed into a wide-range of shows tackling cyber bullying, how to stay safe using different forms of online technology and social media sites, keeping personal information private, reporting cyber bullying, how to balance online time, online gaming and chatting, digital reputation, sexting, offensive online behaviour, digital citizenship, trolling and the serious risks of unwanted contact with strangers; with Brainstorm Productions programs reaching over 350,000 students every year. 

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National Day of Action 8

Friday 18th March 2016 marks the sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. National statistics show that one in four, Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students (27%) report being bullied every few weeks or more* and the impact can be far-reaching. 

Bullying can happen to anyone and affects students in different ways; from school involvement to relationships with family and friends as well as student wellbeing, including feelings of self-doubt, loneliness, anxiety, stress and sadness. Brainstorm Productions approach uses live theatre to engage directly with students – be it bullies, the bullied or bullying bystanders. 

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