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:
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.
- use Generation Respect as a practical guide for talking to other adults about raising respectful young people.
Go to Case studies for a collection of thought provoking articles from members of the community and positive role models for young people. They share their thoughts and personal experiences to shed light on the issue of violence against women and the importance of fostering respect and healthy relationships among young people.
Go to Video resources for inspiring video messages from community leaders, including media personalities and sporting professionals, who are working with the younger generation to put an end to disrespect towards women.
Go to Animations for a collection of animations that shares practical solutions for having conversations about respect and how to speak up to address disrespectful behaviours.
Project ARI Podcast: a new podcast to help kids understand the importance of respect.