A sizeable gathering of interested parents braved the wintry conditions earlier this evening to attend a free forum on the PLHS Senior Floor. An initiative of the Port Lincoln High School Governing Council, the seminar featured two main themes – the mental health/emotional wellbeing of adolescents and cybersafety.
The first session was delivered by Fiona O’Shea and Kathie Mercer from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service; both Fiona and Kathie are Registered Mental Health Nurses. They discussed a variety of topics, including the signs and symptoms of mental distress in teenagers, tools for good mental health, resilience and relationships.
The cybersafety section was delivered by SAPOL’s Sergeant Di Baker-Tagg, who explained a range of issues relevant to teenage students and their families. Of particular interest were some of the legalities surrounding child pornography, sexting and cyber-bullying.
All three presenters offered a host of informative advice and strategies for parents in a relaxed, engaging manner. The school is very appreciative of their time and expertise.
We congratulate the Governing Council for staging the event, and thank the parents in attendance for their positive participation.