Kids Space

 

Informative and engaging websites for

young people:


The Line
In any relationship, there are things that are black and white and there are grey areas. The Line helps you navigate those grey areas, so you can enjoy healthy and respectful relationships and recognise behaviour that ‘crosses the line’.

"When it comes to relationships, you have to have respect. It's about knowing where to draw the line."

Link to The Line website.

Bursting the Bubble
'Take the SOS Quiz to see if there are any warning signs that things are not okay at home. Then fill in the Checklists to see if there could be domestic violence, child abuse or sexual abuse in your family. This site gives you ideas on what you can do and where to get help. You can also read the true stories from young people and adults who have experienced abuse (including some famous people).

Link to Bursting the Bubble website.

Link to Kid's Helpline

 Children and young people are also impacted upon by living with domestic and family violence. Even if they don’t see the violence, kids can be affected by living in a fearful, hostile or unpredictable environment.

Children who have experienced domestic and family violence may exhibit emotional and behavioral difficulties including:

  • aggression (towards other family members, pets, etc)
  • hyperactivity
  • regression in development (return to younger behaviours e.g. bedwetting,whining, tantrums, specific fears)
  • problems concentrating/ forgetfulness
  • treating mum like her partner treats her
  • easily distracted
  • fighting at school
  • problems with school work
  • lying, stealing
  • withdrawn, ‘spaced out’
  • clingy
  • unusual shyness
  • disturbed sleep, nightmares
  • easily startled
  • unable to play
  • trouble making friends
  • physical illness (stomach ache, headaches)
  • always on the lookout for signs of future violence or conflict.

Children who have experienced domestic violence may learn that:

  • Violence is an appropriate way to solve problems and deal with conflict
  • The violence is their fault
  • The violence is their non violent care-givers fault
  • They are responsible for stopping the violence
  • Domestic violence is a secret
  • Violence is normal in families
  • Men have the right to control women.

Children who have experienced domestic and family violence need:

  • the violence to stop
  • to feel safe
  • to be soothed
  • predictability in their environment
  • reassurance
  • comfort.