Learn to be an upstander, rather than a bystander

A programme that will be offered at Whangaparaoa College is focused on the prevention of sexual and dating violence.

The ACC funded course, called Mates and Dates, will be taught to Year 9 students at the college in Term 4 by facilitators from the not-for-profit Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower Trust.

The aim is to teach relationship skills and behaviours as well as raise awareness about what consent and a healthy relationship is – whether that is a friendship, or sexual relationship. It looks at things such as how to identify inappropriate behaviour, power and control in relationships and respectful communication.

Kidpower national executive director, Fiona Bryan, says the programme is very interactive and includes workbooks and videos as well as the opportunity for students to discuss issues and have their questions around this topic answered.

The five-week programme includes a section on what to do if you are aware of a situation and want to help – which focuses on being “an upstander, rather than a bystander”. Fiona says this is not necessarily about stepping in at the time, but could be helping someone get assistance, or letting a trusted adult know something has gone wrong.

Mates and Dates is aligned with the Health and Physical Education learning area and key competencies of the New Zealand curriculum including learning objectives and assessment options.
Info: search the ACC website, www.acc.co.nz/


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