Monday, 23-1-12

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Fitness
Get Active. Join a FunFit 50s plus exercise group in Albert Park, Broadbeach Waters, each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6.30am. Cost is $5. Call 5575 6602 for details. Move your body at zumba in Paradise Point every Monday and Wednesday from 7.30pm at the Paradise Point Community Hall from 7.15pm. Cost is $10 for a casual visit and classes go for one hour.

Sally Thibault with her family (from left) husband Gerry, Caitlin, Alissa and David.

Social media mum
SALLY Thibault is mum to three adult children, David, 26, Alissa, 24, and Caitlin, 18. While many of her own toughest parenting tests are behind her, this educator and author is now helping other parents navigate their way through the challenges posed by the rise of social media. She’s about to release her latest book Wise Mothers, Raising teenagers in the Social Media Era. It offers advice to parents about how to keep watch on their child’s online activities and ensure they remain safe and happy. She says parents need to be active on social media so they can understand what their children are doing and experiencing in the online world. Are you glad you’re not parenting young children in today’s world? I say it all the time, I think parents now, in the next 10 years, are really going to have to look at the changing dynamics of their role. It’s going to be very difficult. The real issue is how do you deal with problems like cyber bullying without making your child the victim? How do you empower them to not take it on board? That’s really difficult. How can we help them become part of social media and help them manage this? How did your book come about? David, my eldest, has Asperger’s syndrome. My first book looked at how autism impacted us as a family and about me stepping up as a parent. My latest book is about the impact of social media, marketing and technology on teenagers and changing families. My background is in education and I do a lot of work with schools to look at how social media is changing teenagers. It means that what were Year 9 and 10 issues are now being experienced in Year 6. What role can mums play in helping their children to survive the social media world? Australia now leads the world in Facebook bullying in children. Our kids are really lost and as mothers we have to begin to look at this in a really holistic way. We are the role models. When my daughter was 15 she wanted to go to a party where there were no parents. I wouldn’t let her go and we had a huge argument. I later realised it was so difficult on her because there were hundreds of photos on Facebook of the party she missed out on. As parents we have to look at this; what’s the impact on them and what does that do to them. It’s abo ut l o o k i n g at th e w o rl d through their eyes, and understanding where their brains are at and what they can cope with. How can parents best monitor their child’s online life? Always be your child’s friend on Facebook, always, always. Spend 100 hours with them on social media, that’s about two years. Keep them off as long as you can and then for their first two years your role is to be their mentor and co ach . D on’t ever comment (online) on your children’s stuff but help them deal with stuff that is going on. What qualities do you most want to pass on to your children? Passion, confidence, optimism and belief in their own ability to create solutions to any issue that arises in their lives. Find out more about Sally and her book, Wise Mothers, Raising Teenagers in the Social Media Era, at www.wisemothers.com.au

Dance
Get your dancing shoes on for Monday nights, West Coast Swing dancing classes from 7pm at the Broadbeach Bowls Club.

Music
Groove to the live and original music at The Cave from 7.30pm. Entry is free but a donation to the musicians is accepted.

Trivia
Play some Brain Drain Trivia with Kerry James at the Wallaby Hotel, Mudgeeraba, from 7pm to 9.15pm, The Parkwood Tavern from 7pm, at the Southport RSL from 7pm, or trivia night with Miranda at the Surfers Paradise RSL from 7pm. Entry is free.

Clubbing
Local Love at Shooters Nightclub, Surfers Paradise, tonight for industry workers and locals. Free entry before 10pm.

Babies

Baby
New mums and dads, tell the world you have welcomed a new addition to the family.
Name: Tyler James Cliff DOB: August 10, 2011 Weight: 7lbs 12oz (3.5kg) Parents: Amanda and Adam Cliff, brother for Hudson, of Pacific Pines Name: Bethany Jacqueline Levers DOB: July 28, 2011 Weight: 2950g Parents: First child for Chris and Heather Levers Name: Blaze Ryder Ellul DOB: April 30, 2011 Weight: 3.9kg Parents: First child for Casey Cole and Brad Ellul of Ashmore Name: Billy James Maher DOB: August 26, 2011 Weight: 2.985kg Parents: First child for Rhiannon and Jamie Maher of Varsity Lakes

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