Parent Resources

St Mark's School TV

It’s never been more challenging for parents to raise happy, healthy and resilient children. Like never before, parents need to be informed with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth. Topics such as youth anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying and many others need clear explanation and guidance.

St Mark's SchoolTV is an ongoing resource that is now available to the St Mark's community. Each edition address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended apps, books and much more. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut, amongst others. SchoolTV provides a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information.

St Mark's Cybersafety Hub

St Mark's l has partnered with one of Australia’s leading cyber safety experts, ySafe, to provide parents and carers with support in managing their children’s safety and time online.

As a part of the School's partnership with ySafe, we have a new Parent Cyber Safety Hub. This Hub is a rich source of live information directly from ySafe’s multidisciplinary team of cyber safety experts.

Access St Mark's Cyber Safety Hub

The Hub includes expert advice on the most pertinent cyber safety issues and frequently asked questions around platforms like TikTok, Fortnite, Instagram, and more. There are app reviews with age and safety recommendations, along with a range of guides and resources to help ensure healthy boundaries around screen-time and gaming, and step-by-step instructions for using parental controls and filtering out inappropriate content.

Hot Topics

Technology

Event: Engaging (tech-obsessed) Adolescents

Because teenagers don’t come with an operating manual and the digital playground is complex.

Due to popular demand – a second series of the ‘Engaging Adolescents’ program (created by Australian psychologist and author, Michael Hawton) is set to take place in April, The weekly, 90-minute Zoom sessions run over 4 weeks. The final session is dedicated to managing technology and screen-based media use issues. Parents will gain a renewed sense of confidence about the role they can play in their teenagers’ lives, without conversations morphing into arguments.

  • DATES: 4 x 90-minute Zoom sessions held on Mondays on Apr 19, 26, May 3 and 10, 2021 at 7pm. Each session builds upon the previous.
  • BOOK NOW via Humanitix

Office of the e-Safety Commissioner

The eSafety website provides a wide range of online safety programs and resources, with focused information for families, young people of all ages and seniors. This includes webinars and topical information on social media and more.

Mental Health

ReachOut

ReachOut is the most accessed online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia. Accessed by more than 2 million people in Australia each year, ReachOut is a free service that’s available anytime and pretty much anywhere.

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue has been providing supports and services to people in Australia for 20 years. They are Australia’s most well-known and visited mental health organisation, focused on supporting people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.

From time to time, the School will share links to useful articles and other resources on key topics on this page. We will let you know when new information is available via the School App or our social media pages.