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Back to school media bulletin

With the back to school preparations in full force, University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below topics:
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HOW TO PREPARE A CHILD ANXIOUS ABOUT STARTING SCHOOL

The first day of school is always special for students, but it can also cause high levels of stress and anxiety for both children and parents.

• Children’s mental health expert Professor Sonja March can discuss strategies parents and children can use to manage the anxiety that comes with the start of a new school year, what parents can do to help prepare their child for their first day of school, and ways to help ease separation anxiety. Media contact: Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822

CYBERBULLYING: WHAT SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS CAN DO

The digital revolution and emergence of social media has opened the door to cyberbullying. Now the most common form of bullying, especially amongst young people, cyberbullying exists not only in the larger community but in schools where it has become a growing problem. But are teachers and schools prepared to deal with cyberbullying?

• Educational technology expert Associate Professor Petrea Redmond can discuss what schools, teachers and parents can do to address and reduce incidents of cyberbullying. Last year Associate Professor Redmond led a research project which proposed a system educators could use to help identify, manage and prevent cyberbullying. Media contact: Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822

PREPARING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE

Young people today are considering their future careers earlier than ever, but COVID-19 has made high schoolers re-think their post school career paths and study options.

• Careers and employability expert Michael Healy can talk about a variety of topics related to career decision making, including what subjects high school students should choose when thinking about their future, how to make career plans in times of uncertainty, the importance of career adaptability, and mindsets, attitudes and skills needed for the COVID and post-COVID world of work. Media contact: Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822

CHOOSING QUALITY OVER CONVENIENCE: TIPS FOR PACKING HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES

Parents are conscious about ensuring their children eat healthy food, but sometimes struggle to find time to prepare school lunches every day or think of healthy foods to pack in their child’s lunch box that they will eat.

• Food scientist Dr Polly Burey can discuss the importance of eating a healthy lunch and why children need a balance of nutritious foods to stay focused and energised throughout the school day. She also has a bunch of healthy school lunch ideas for parents looking for inspiration. Media contact: Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822
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University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment as the return to school approaches.