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

Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation Events

Free Presentations for Parents and Caregivers

An Introduction to the Science of Reading (Attend In Person)

Wednesday 26 May 9:30am – 11:30am, DSF South Perth

The “Science of Reading” refers to the research that reading experts (including educators, cognitive scientists and psychologists) have conducted on how we learn to read. This free workshop is both informative and practical. It provides parents and caregivers with an accessible overview of the science of reading and also offers attendees a number of evidence-informed strategies that will support the development of language and literacy in the home.

Apps and Assistive Technology (Attend In Person)

Wednesday 23 June 9:30am - 11:30am, DSF South Perth

This session will introduce parents to the types of assistive technology and apps available to support children (including those with learning difficulties) as they learn. The aim of this workshop is to explore how to use assistive technology effectively and reinforce the learning process.

Free Information Evening (Attend Online or In Person)

Wednesday 2 June 7:00pm – 8:00pm, DSF South Perth (or attend online)

This free session is for parents and professionals interested in the area of literacy learning difficulties and learning disorders. A DSF clinician will discuss why some children struggle with reading and writing and how we can best support children with dyslexia and other learning disorders.

Developmental Language Disorder Information Evening (Attend Online or In Person)

Wednesday 19 May 7:00pm – 8:00pm, DSF South Perth (or attend online)

This free information evening is designed for parents and professionals seeking information about language difficulties and developmental language disorder (DLD). The presentation will focus on the causes and diagnosis of DLD with an emphasis on what can be done to support children with language difficulties and DLD.

Technology

Event: eSafety's guide to parental controls

This Term 2 webinar will look at how parents and carers can set up devices and apps to help kids and young people stay safe online. It is designed for parents and carers of children aged 4-13.

It will cover:

  • the benefits and limitations of parental controls
  • how to set up iOS and Android devices for safety
  • how to set up popular games and apps like YouTube and Roblox for safety
  • using family tech agreements and other parenting strategies to manage online risks
  • how eSafety can help when things go wrong.

This webinar will include practical tips, demonstrations and advice. Book online (various dates available)

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.