Justice and Legal Issues

THE LAW - YOUNG PEOPLE, PARENTS AND SCHOOLS

With funding from the Law Foundation of South Australia, PBA FM in Salisbury South Australia is broadcasting a new 12-part radio series on the law, young people, parents and schools. All programs will then be available online, with Discussion Starter resources.

This new and timely community legal education initiative will focus on the rights of young people and the school’s duty of care, through to an in-depth look at “connected kids” and some of the issues - for both parents and schools - around mobile phones, internet safety and cyber-bullying. Interviews were recorded in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland.

Included in the weekly program Learning Works, these twelve programs will be of interest to parents, grandparents, teachers, educational leaders and school councils, community centres and neighbourhood houses, and also to members of the wider community who come into regular contact with young people. Each program will be up to 15 minutes in duration.

Contributors include

Professor Des Butler, Queensland University of Technology

Associate Professor Marilyn Campbell, Queensland University of Technology

Margaret Coady, The University of Melbourne

Dr Glenn Cupit, University of South Australia

Professor Elizabeth Handsley, Flinders University

Michael O’Connell, South Australian Commissioner for Victims’ Rights

Senior Constable Mick Schooley, South Australia Police

Dr Matthew Sorell, The University of Adelaide

David Thomson, Victoria Law Foundation

This new PBA FM community legal education initiative is produced by Tony Ryan. The Education Consultant for the series is Greg Carey, and Web Manager is Barb Campion.

Transmission
Monday 31 August 2009, at 8.30pm – for twelve weeks
Repeat broadcast each Friday at 9am
PBA FM - 89.7 on the FM Band in Adelaide

Internet
Audiofiles (mp3) and Discussion Starters (pdf) will be added to the Learning Works’ website during the week of broadcast, for your computer or iPod.

Acknowledgement
PBA FM acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of South Australia in the production of this series.


Law Foundation of SA

Enquiries
Tony Ryan, Producer/Presenter – Learning Works, PBA FM
Email learningworks@pbafm.org.au Mobile 0408 883 334.

PROGRAMS

Program 1: The Law: Young People, Parents and Schools. Program 1

This is the first of a 12-part series on aspects of the law relating to young people, parents and schools. The focus in Program 1 will be to introduce some first thoughts on the “ecology” of today’s “connected kids”. Learning Works’ producer/presenter Tony Ryan interviews Dr Glenn Cupit, Senior Lecturer in Child Development in the deLissa Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies, University of South Australia

We then look at aspects of the rights of young people and the concept of duty of care (Programs 2 – 4). This leads to some specific issues around connected kids, including mobile phones, internet safety and cyber-bullying (Programs 5 – 9), before revisiting the boundaries to the school’s duty of care (Programs 10 – 11) and finally help for parents (Program 12). The series ends on Monday 16 Nov / Friday 20 Nov.

Each program will become available online during the week of broadcast as an mp3 audiofile for download into your computer or iPod, along with a one page Study Guide to help parents and teachers make the most of this Learning Works resource.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

Program 2: Rights and Responsibilities (1 of 3)

This is the second of a 12-part series on aspects of the law relating to young people, parents and schools. The focus in Program 1 was on some first thoughts on the “ecology” of today’s “connected kids”. In these next three programs, we look at aspects of the rights of young people and the concept of duty of care. Contributors this week are Margaret Coady, Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, and David Thomson, Teacher-in-residence, Victoria Law Foundation.

Would you like to listen on your computer or iPod? Each program in this Community Legal Education initiative will become available during the week of broadcast as an mp3 audiofile for download, along with a one page Study Guide to help parents and teachers make the most of this Learning Works resource.

Online Resources: Audio Study Guide

Program 3: Rights and Responsibilities (2 of 3)

Today we continue to explore issues around the rights of the child and the duty of care that schools owe to their students, with a special focus on the young person’s right to privacy. Given reasonable grounds, what are the rights of parents in relation to a young person’s diary, or the school’s right to search a student’s locker? The point is made that, in relation to rights, the child should not be treated as “a lesser person” simply on the grounds of age.

Contributors this week are David Thomson, Teacher-in-residence, Victoria Law Foundation, and Margaret Coady, Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Online Resources: Audio Study Guide

Program 4: The School’s Duty of Care (3 of 3)

Today we further explore issues around the rights of the child, with a focus on the concept and practice of duty of care, before moving more specifically next week into issues around connected kids, beginning with a look at young people and mobile phones.

Contributors today are David Thomson, Teacher-in-residence, Victoria Law Foundation, and Professor Des Butler, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.

Online Resources: Audio Study Guide

Program 5: Our kids and media devices

Today we begin several programs in which we look into issues around connected kids, beginning with a look at young people, mobile/camera phones, social networks and introduce some first
thoughts on bullying – cyber-bullying will be treated in more detail over the next few weeks.

Contributors today are Professor Elizabeth Handsley, Faculty of Law at Flinders University in Adelaide, Dr Matthew Sorell, Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications and Multimedia Engineering at the University of Adelaide, and Senior Constable First Class Michael Schooley, from SA Police.

Online Resources: Audio Study Guide

Program 6: Those Mobile Phones!

Dr Matthew SorellDr Matthew Sorell

The program begins with a look at just how important mobile phones are to all of us. With young people, there is an expected etiquette, with an emphasis on instant replies – for them, the social networking sites and text on mobile phones are more used than emails. The point is made that the practice of “sexting” could well result in a charge of creating and disseminating child pornography. The program ends by noting the responsibility of parents to ensure that, as when a bike is purchased for a young person, firm rules are set in place to ensure the safety of young people in using their mobile phones. Contributors to today’s program are Dr Matthew Sorell, Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications and Multimedia Engineering at The University of Adelaide, and Associate Professor Marilyn Campbell from the School of Learning and Professional Studies at the Queensland University of Technology. For the audio of this program, and a supporting Study Guide, go to www.learningworksradio.com

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

Program 7: So what is cyber-bullying?

The program begins with a look at the age-old issue of bullying and the more recent phenomenon of cyber-bullying. Electronic media now provide more opportunities for this kind of activity, and the means of sending out false allegations against others – and other forms of nastiness – much more quickly around the world. The key issue here is the immediacy that technology provides. After reflecting on the question Why do people engage in cyber-bullying? This program then takes a first look at the implications for victims and their families. Contributors to the program this week are Michael O’Connell, Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, Attorney General’s Department, South Australia, and Dr Matthew Sorell, Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications and Multimedia Engineering, The University of Adelaide.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

Program 8: Cyber-bullying – Think before you hit the send button!

Are young people today really aware of the consequences of some of their use of the internet and mobile phone? The program features part of an extended interview with Senior Constable Mick Schooley from South Australia Police. Senior Constable Mick Schooley is Crime Prevention Officer in the Salisbury Elizabeth region north of Adelaide and comments on some of realities of the mis-use of SMS or social sites by some young people – some of which carry heavy penalties, including imprisonment.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

Program 9: Cyber-bullying – It goes under the radar!

This program has a focus on defining our terms. Is it bullying, or is it fighting? We then look at some of the interventions that have been found to work to assist those young people who have been subjected to cyber-bullying. Today’s guest is Associate Professor Marilyn Campbell, School of Learning and Professional Studies, Queensland University of Technology. PBA FM acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of SA in the production of this Community Legal Education initiative.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

Program 10: Duty of Care: Does it cease at the old school gate?

The school’s duty of care clearly covers a student between the beginning and the end of lessons, and on school property. But does it extend beyond the school gate? The program ends with a look at what might be a reasonable response by a school to issues around bullying and cyber-bullying, such as taking the complaint seriously, taking proper notes, and contacting parents. Interviewees are Professor Des Butler, Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology, and Associate Professor Marilyn Campbell, School of Learning and Professional Studies, Queensland University of Technology

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

PBA FM acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of South Australia in the production of this Community Legal Education initiative.

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