Kids these days have it easier than my generation in many respects: air-conditioned classrooms, laptops with information at the ready, and a plethora of activities and events geared to their age group.
Best we got was a cold flannel on our forehead at bedtime or a stern instruction to “go outside and play” if we ever dared to trot out the “I’m boooored” complaint during daylight hours.
Yet this generation is far more aware of the world around them, conscious of the earth and its biodiversity, and compassionate and empathetic to the people that live on it.
Raising children who can see beyond the bubble of their neighbourhood is where it starts.
There’s a raft of simple things you can do regularly to encourage your kids to understand that the world is always grateful for kindness. Here's where we've started in my household.
Technology is a privilege... one we all don't have.
With kids in need of computers for school, and accessibility to their teacher and learning during the pandemic, there’s more devices in the hands of Australians than ever before.
But still many are being left behind simply because they don’t have regular access to the internet, and often, because our kids are so used to having them readily available, they sometimes forget what a privilege it is to have access to technology.
That's where the Donate Your Data program by Optus comes in. They're partnered with various charities like The Smith Family, Mission Australia and The Salvation Army to provide internet access to young people, their families and other Australians who might be doing it tough.
How? Optus pools and distributes data donations from generous families, giving recipients a Prepaid SIM with data, plus calls and texts.
Getting the kids involved in initiatives like this both promote the importance of generosity, while also highlighting that access to technology isn't just a give in, it's a privilege.
Optus is also running the Donate Your Device program which enables you to bring an eligible phone into an Optus store and the team will clean your phone, wipe any data you have saved and prepare it for donation.
This one is perfect for the teens in your house that have recently upgraded their phones and have one sitting in the cupboard they no longer use.
If your phone is unable to be donated to a recipient, Optus will recycle it or trade it in, reducing tech waste and helping to build a more sustainable world.
Better yet, when customers donate their device, it’s paired with a Donate Your Data™ SIM so the person receiving it is connected to the Optus Living Network and ready to go.