Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Line—Respect Each Other

Contact: The Line team
E: feedback-theline@fahcsia.gov.au W: www.australia.gov.au/theline

Location: Online
Intended Audience: Teachers and educators

The latest interactive materials developed for young people as part of the Australian Government's The Line—Respect Each Other campaign have been sent to schools in Tasmania which have a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as resources for teachers and educators.

The Line is an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, which brings together the efforts of governments across the nation to make a real and sustained reduction in the levels of violence against women.

The Line—Respect Each Other is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander component for The Line campaign. The Line encourages young people to talk about acceptable attitudes and behaviours in relationships and aims to prevent violence against women.

Jealousy has been identified as a major issue concerning relationships for Indigenous people. A set of two screenplays and lesson plans about jealousy have been created for children aged 8 to 14 years to role-play situations involving jealousy. They are written from both a male and female point of view.

The materials provide a great opportunity for teachers and educators to encourage children to talk about what jealousy means and what they can do to stop it affecting them, their friends and families, so they can enjoy healthy relationships when they are older.

The jealousy materials build on the success of Serpent Tales, a set of comics, plays and lesson plans promoting respectful relationships. Serpent Tales was distributed to schools and community groups in May 2011 with great feedback and ongoing demand. We are encouraging teachers and educators to incorporate the resources into their class activities. All our resource materials are available on The Line website: www.australia.gov.au/respect

If you have any concerns or would like further information about the resources, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,
The Line team