No matter how tech savvy we thing we are the reality is technology, devices and the internet and all the ups and downs it brings evolve faster than we can possibly keep up. We also can’t foresee what is going to go viral and cause issues and what is intended to cause issues and falls flat on its backside.
If you have read an earlier post I wrote then you will know where my current thoughts lie on technology use and our kids. Well, this book by Susan McLean is absolutely bang on the money. I have also been fortunate to see her speak a few times now and I’ve never been disappointed yet.
Her advice, guidance and information is based on experience on the ‘coal face’ itself. So, its not some career academic that is telling you what is right and wrong from the comfort of a fancy office. This book is sharing how to keep your children safe in the digital space.
It is full of examples, many confronting, but I would imagine have been diluted to as to not terrify parents completely.
The acronyms at the back are golden as a quick reference to see what on earth these kids are on about.
This book is full of clear and concise guidance on what to do and when. Given its written in Australia 99% of what is inside and the advice offered is relevant to anybody, anywhere on the planet.
I highly recommend this book. I bought a few extra copies that I lend to families I work with and they are never disappointed.
With the many weird and wonderful experiences
that are part and parcel of life, you can’t help but ponder stuff. In my case it’s
also professional practice.
Quite often I support and encourage
clients to take quite an ‘assertive’ approach to mental health and dealing to
the challenges to acknowledge and then take control. That is definitely one way
that has proven highly effective for all the clients where we take this approach.
But there are ‘horses for courses’ that need to be picked wisely for the best
outcome. I still see a time and a place for this style but now I’m pondering quite
What if sometimes, for some people, fighting mental health
head on is in fact giving it more power than less. You make it front and centre,
the be all and end all. The worst thing is you can’t see or hear it, so you are
in fact swinging blindly.
I am surrounded by surfers and surf beaches, which is perhaps why approaching stuff like a rip tide, may in fact be a good way to go. For those that don’t know what a rip tide is then perhaps google it. In short (or this will make no sense at all) this one is for kids, which is bang on my level https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ76XfBVKq0 . In a wonderful world the tide and waves beautifully all lap towards dry land and return surfers and swimmers to terra firma. A rip tide is a sneaky little beggar that bucks the flow and creates an invisible channel that takes you out to the big blue sea. This takes those not familiar to a rip by surprise. Instinct is to swim like your life depends on it -because it does, I suppose- towards land. As you’d expect a swimmer is no match for the immense awesomeness of the sea. This is what got me thinking. Sometimes by investing all attention and effort into fighting the rip tide (mental health) you are in a battle where there is only ever going to be one winner. The swimmer eventually tires and then is in real bother. For the sake of happy endings and a hop, skip and a jump. Hasselhoff or The Rock pluck you out of the sea and holds you in a safe embrace.
The alternative and the best way to deal
with a rip is to stop and as soon as possible take stock and acknowledge that
you are in the shite, well rip tide. This being a metaphor for mental health.
At each point you keep raising your arm high in the air calling for help. Help
being family, friends and better still a trained professional. In the meantime,
simply breathe and know that the calmer you are, the clearer you think and in
the meantime tap into your coping toolkit and resilience to ‘calm your farm’. If
you take it easy and either float out to the back you will eventually come
right, you could end up in some pretty dark blue water, which is a tad unsettling,
especially if you too were traumatised by jaws
and then topped it up with an unhealthy dose of In the Deep. So, this is where tapping into your tool kit comes in.
As, you swim across and parallel to the beach you eventually get out of the rip
tide and back into the waves that are taking you on a fast track back to dry
land. This being a place of relative calm, balance and positive wellbeing.
Finding a good counsellor is all about finding the
right fit for you and a style that will work. As a counsellor it can only be a
positive to be able to change gears and styles to best meet the needs of the
person or people that sit in front of you. So, I’m still pondering when to ‘deal
to it’ and when to take stock and swim across and out of a rip tide. Better
still I will keep looking at refining the skills and resilience that would
enable and empower my clients, friend, family and of course myself to find the
right way at the right time.