Introducing Kids Helpline for Schools

Sponsored by Bupa

It is thought the average human makes thirty five thousand decisions everyday, which is quite overwhelming if you really think about that number. And if you are like me, you try to make positive, good decisions, but as Robert Burns famously wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

With my kids getting older, along with the fact that they can now unpack the dishwasher, there is a whole new level of independence that comes with experience. Gradually I am learning to loosen the leash a bit, giving them more freedom to explore within the boundaries we set. Occasionally, they might make a decision that could be filed under “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING DUDE?”

I can speak from experience from my own youth, where I made some very questionable decisions. One in particular springs to mind. It was the Cross Country Carnival and I was not known for my fondness of running long distances. But I lined up with the rest of the year group and we set off at a cracking pace.

As we went around the bend, I peeled off from the pack. My plan was to hang out in someone’s front garden and re-join the race when they came back along the path. I remember being quite bored. I recall being quite terrified by a wasp that was hanging around.

After a while, dribs and drabs of runners began to appear. I waited until most of the pack had passed before I jumped back in.

The actual moment I jumped back in I was seen by one of the physical education teachers and I was busted. A Saturday Detention came my way, my parents were less than impressed with me and I was known as the Cross Country Cheater. I made a mistake, and learnt my lesson. When faced with making so many decisions each day, you are bound to get one wrong on occasion.

It is also important to recognise that just because a person has behaved badly, does not necessarily mean that they are bad person.

And as you grow, your feelings expand. Along with all of the glorious emotions, you also sometimes face the not so good ones such as shame, disappointment and confusion. In an ideal world our kids would all be full of resilience to deal with these emotions and bounce back, but a recent Kids Helpline Report reveals that more and more kids are reaching out for support.

Bupa have recently partnered with Kids Helpline by sponsoring an online program designed for schools.

How does it work?

A tertiary qualified counselor works with the school on their particular concerns before booking in a time where a discussion takes place with the counselor and class via video link. Topics that are covered include balancing life and technology, bullying, cyber bullying, developing resilience, safety, peer pressure, friendships, managing emotions and many more.

This whole service is free. It is called Kids Helpline for Schools and all the information you need you can get by clicking here. If you think that your school would find this service useful, make sure you let them know about it.

How do you deal with setbacks?