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Healthy relationships DVD launch

On 23 August 2013, the students at Footscray City Secondary College will launch ‘Relationship Dilemmas, Growing Up’ a new resource designed to help the 11-14 year age group talk about jealousy, rumours, and social media.

Students examined what they believed were typical issues for this age group, and used this as inspiration for three short films to help others tackle relationship problems.

Secondary school nurses and Women’s Health West staff identified a gap in teaching aids for students in this age group and this film aims to fill that gap.

“Resources aimed at younger kids mainly covers puberty and information for older kids focuses on sexual health in relationships but this in-between period lacked ‘real life’ stories we can use to begin important discussions,” said Tania Last, Secondary School Nurse at Footscray City Secondary College.

“We worked with a great group of year eight students who enjoyed identifying the themes that formed the basis of the script.

“The result is an easy to use teaching resource, using real life adolescent stories to initiate conversations on topics they’re keen to learn about.

The DVD covers:

  • a dramatised relationship showing the crush, fear of rejection, jealousy and the break up
  • the influence of the sexualisation of young people in the media
  • pressures to be sexually active

“It was really fun to act in the film and I hope it helps other people talk about how to deal with things like the pressure to be in a relationship or social media or being gay,” said Isabelle, Footscray City Secondary College student.

The resource is the result of a joint initiative of the Department of Early Education and Childhood Development South Western Secondary School Nursing Program, Maribyrnong Youth Services, School Focused Youth Service, Footscray City Secondary College and Women’s Health West.

For expressions of interest contact Jenny Taaffe, Manager School Nursing Program at Department of Education & Early Childhood Development on 9275 7178, mob 0401 002 021 or taaffe.jenny.f@edumail.vic.gov.au