Guest Speaker Challenges Parents

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Melinda Tankard Reist spoke to parents about raising happy, healthy and resilient kids in our current world.

Over 140 parents and teaching staff attended the parent session on Tuesday 1 August to listen to Melinda’s challenging presentation on how children and young people are bombarded with hypersexualised messages from media and popular culture.

Drawing from current global literature on the subject, as well as the experiences of young people themselves, Melinda explored how the “proliferation of sexualized images and messages contributes to a distorted view of bodies, relationships and sexuality in young people; hampering their healthy physical, emotional and social development.”

The evening concluded with a discussion around how parents and staff can address this toxic culture and raise happy, healthy and resilient kids.

Upon reflection, in a world where harmful wrongs are normalised and becoming accepted, young people more than ever need the support of great parents, great teachers and great role models. Above all things, we need to uplift our young people in prayer.

Mr Simon Bergin
Deputy Head of Senior


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