Below is an animated content series that shares practical solutions for having conversations about respect and how to speak up to address disrespectful behaviours.
The video opens with a bird’s eye view of a residential community. There are parents and coaches talking to young people in the community.
Voice-over: It takes a community to raise a child. We all have a role in talking to young people about respect, whether we’re parents, family members, teachers, coaches, employers or other community role models.
The video changes to see a scene in a park with a teenage girl walking past a group of teenage boys.
Voice-over: And the best way we can play a positive role is by having open, ongoing conversations about respect.
The boys are laughing and pointing at the girl, and taking photos of her on a phone. The girl looks uncomfortable about what the boys are doing to her.
Voice-over: It can feel easier to play down or ignore disrespect when we see it.
The video shows an adult male observing the boy’s behaviour towards the girl. The man pauses for a second to think about what he can do.
Voice-over: But we have a choice.
The man walks up to the boys to talk to them about their behaviour.
Voice-over: And a responsibility to role model the positive behaviours we want to see in our children.
Three other adults look on curiously as we see the man talking to the boys.
Voice-over: When you do, it has a knock-on effect on those around you. When you speak up, it empowers others around you to do the same.
The video moves to a scene with a mother talking to her teenage son about respect in his bedroom.
Voice-over: Small moments and small steps will move us closer to a culture free from disrespect.
The video moves to another scene with an adult woman who is a soccer coach talking to teenage boys huddled around her in the soccer field.
Voice-over: If we all come together as a community and find our collective voice, we can build a better future for our children.
We see a father and mother having a conversation with their two teenagers on their outside family dinner table.
The video closes by returning to the bird’s eye view of the residential community.
Voice-over: Visit respect.gov.au for tools and resources to help you make a positive change.
Dad: Hey kids – who wants to go to the cinema tonight after school?
Jen: Sounds good! Can I please practice my driving there and back?
Jack: No way am I getting in a car with Jen driving.
Jen: Hey! Mum says I’ve been doing really well!
Dad: You’re becoming a good driver Jen – I would love for you to drive us tonight.
Jack: Women are the worst drivers. We might not make it there in one piece.
Dad: Jack! Comments like that are not okay.
Jack: I was only joking…
Dad: Well it’s not funny, it’s very disrespectful.
Jack: OK, sorry Jen. I’m in.
Jen: Yay! Can’t wait.
Georgie: Not good. Some boys were bothering me at lunch.
Georgie: I’m really upset and annoyed.
Dad: I wish they wouldn’t do that. What happened?
Georgie: Luke was making gross comments about how I look.
Dad: he used to be such a nice boy. He must be going through a phase…
Georgie: Then all of the boys made jokes about us going out. I don’t even like him!
Mum: I don’t like the sound of this. You don’t have to put up with boys bothering you.
Dad: Mum’s right. I’ll call your teacher to talk it through.
Georgie: Thanks Mum. I’ll let you and Dad know if it happens again.
Dad: make sure you do.
Mary: Lovely to see you all today, what a great afternoon!
Kat: great to see you too!
Jane: it was so fab to catch up and be together again. Have to say though. Jennifer was a bit upset on the way home. Mary, I think she took some comments from your boys to heart.
Mary: I’m not sure what happened…
Kat: I overheard them calling her a know it all – but didn’t want to jump in or make things worse. Maybe I should have?
Mary: I didn’t hear it – I’m sorry Jane! I’ll speak to James and Carl about being respectful – they should know that kind of behaviour isn’t okay.
Jane: Thank you – I’ll speak to Jennifer properly too, so that she knows she shouldn’t accept behaviour like that.
Kat: I’ll make sure I jump in if I see anything like it again. Until next time!