As parents, family members, teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers, we have an important role as influencers of young people.
Without realising it, we can sometimes say and do things that make young people think disrespectful and aggressive behaviours are acceptable.
Gradually, boys and girls start to believe that disrespect is just a normal part of growing up.
We should speak up when someone says or does something that excuses disrespect towards women.
Disrespect and aggression aren’t easy subjects to talk about with young people. Having the confidence to get started can sometimes be the hardest part.
Here you can find some tools to help you have those conversations:
- Recognising disrespect: use the Excuse Interpreter to discover the hidden meanings of common expressions that can excuse disrespectful behaviour.
- Understanding attitudes: use the Respect Checklist to become more aware of what your son or daughter might be thinking in disrespectful or aggressive situations.
- Talking about respect: use the Conversation Guide to help you talk more confidently and openly with young people about the importance of respectful relationships.
- Resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- Translated resources
- Hear from the experts: take a look at some video messages from parenting educators.