6 - short films
6 short films centred around a group of 17 year old males and the issues they are dealing with. Topics: self-esteem, bullying, sexuality, suicide, crime, drink driving. .
A secret safe to tell
A picture book that encourages conversations about body safety, the importance of not keeping secrets and confiding in trusted adults if something is making you uncomfortable.
Learning resources mapped to Australian Curriculum. Includes: videos about the human body, viruses, bacteria.
Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Topics: resilience, emotions, feelings, jealousy, anger, hate, isolation, injustice, siblings, friendship.
Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in his hair. His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!
Age: 6 to 9 years.YouTube reading - 4min 33sec (external link)
AMAZE relationships and sexuality education videos
2 - 3 minute videos by AMAZE covering a variety of topics including puberty, mental health, sexual health, sexual identity, gender identity, etc. These videos are created in America so some of the terminology used may be different to that in Australia.
AMAZE relationships and sexuality education videos - translations
2 - 3 minute videos by AMAZE covering a variety of topics including puberty, mental health, sexual health, sexual identity, gender identity, etc. Translated into different languages. (These videos are created in America so some of the terminology used may be different to that in Australia(.
Bullying. No way!
Managed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities (SSSC) Working Group. The SSSC includes representatives from all states and territories, including Catholic and Independent schooling representatives. Members work together to create learning environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected and valued. Includes information about understanding, responding, preventing and teaching about bullying.
Topics: changes, families, new baby.
When Joseph's mother comes home, says his father, things are going to change. And so they do, in the most extraordinary ways. This book explores the changes to Joseph's life when his parents bring home his baby sister.
Ages: 4 to 11 years.
Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul
A collection of short stories, anecdotes, poems and cartoons which present a positive outlook on life (8 to 12 years). Topics: courage, hope, laughter.
Don't let the pigeon drive the bus
Topics: peer pressure, emotional literacy, positive coping strategies.
When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place - a pigeon! The pigeon pleads and begs his way through the book offering lots of opportunity for audience participation.
Age: 2 to 6 years.
Emily's blue period
Topics: emotional literacy, sadness, change, families, divorce
Emily wants to be an artist. She likes painting and loves the way artists like Pablo Picasso mixed things up. Emily's life is a little mixed up right now. Her dad doesn't live at home anymore, and it feels like everything around her is changing. She is going through her 'blue period'. A book about a young child dealing with her parent's divorce.
Ages: 4 to 8 years.
Family Planning Victoria (FPV)
Provides reproductive and sexual health services throughout Victoria. Includes a section on school programs.
Girls like that and other plays for teenagers
'Girls Like That' explores the pressures caused by technology when a schoolgirls naked photograph goes viral.
'Banana Boys' is about the challenge of being on the school football team and being secretly gay.
'Holloway Jones' is a about with growing up with a parent in prison.
'Pronoun' is about two childhood sweethearts dealing with the fact that one of them, Isabella, has come out as transgender.
Hair in funny places
A 32 page picture book. Light-hearted book outlining the changes during puberty.
Horton hears a who!
Topics: friendships, kindness, trustworthiness, emotional literacy, perseverance, resilience.
Horton, the loveable elephant, represents kindness, trustworthiness, and perseverance in his quest to protect tiny creatures on a speck of dust.
Ages 4 to 8.
How to be a friend: A guide to making friends and keeping them
Topics: friendships, conflict resolution, emotional literacy.
This picture book contains many examples of how to be a friend and offers kids practical suggestions about resolving arguments, getting over being shy, handling bossy children and bullies, and more.
Agers 4 to 8 years.
How to take the grrr out of anger
Topics: emotional literacy, anger, coping strategies.
This book combines information, jokes and funny cartoons to help children understand that anger is normal and can be expressed in many ways—some healthy, some not. It teaches them how to recognise anger in themselves and others, how to handle situations and emotions (loneliness, guilt, frustration, fear) that lead to anger, and how to deal with the anger they feel.
Ages: 8 to 11 years.
I have feelings!
Topics: feelings, emotions, emotional literacy.
A hamster describes the feelings he and his family members experience during the day, including feeling happy, sad, jealous, angry, and scared.
Ages: 4 to 8 years.
Increasing the resilience of young people at risk: A literature review (2009)
This report provides an analysis of a literature review focusing on what works to increase resilience for at-risk and marginalised young people.