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Resilient Families Online: a seminar for parents - 13 August 2018

Penrith Christian School is pleased to host an important seminar for parents on Monday 13 August 2018, titled RESILIENT FAMILIES ONLINE: embracing the positive aspects of technology while minimising the risks, presented by Collett Smart


This night, for parents only, is open to PCS families and anyone in our local community.


Monday 13 August 2018


6.00 pm Dinner (optional)
7.00 pm Seminar


$20 (Dinner + Seminar)
$5 (Seminar only)





Parenting can be fun and exciting, but new changes and challenges can also feel overwhelming. How can we support our children to become who they are created to be?


Collett’s seminar will include:

  • The factors that lead to resilient children

  • Practical tips for enhancing your relationship with your children and teenagers

  • Why screens are so compelling and fun for young people (and their parents)

  • Being aware of the risks and creating realistic boundaries for social media and gaming

  • Helping children to take their resilience online



Collett Smart is a psychologist, qualified teacher, lecturer and author.


Collett has more than 20 years experience working in private and public schools, as well as in private practice. She  appears regularly on national television and radio, as an expert in teen and family issues.


Collett has taught and delivered psychology workshops and seminars around the world, including Australia, the UK and Africa. Collett is an Ambassador for International Justice Mission Australia and is mum to three children, aged 17, 15 and 10 years old.


An optional dinner is available. Come and enjoy a meal with other parents and avoid the rush to have dinner at home before the Seminar!




Have a read below of the testimonials below about Collett's seminars: 


Thanks to Collett for a wonderful, relevant final keynote at our Deepening the Journey Conference. Her 2 hours not only presented the issues our young people face but also provided strategies for TRJ teachers...and perhaps most importantly...hope. 
Andrew Lines (Developer and Director of The Rite Journey)


I wanted to congratulate you on the superb seminar you presented last night.  It was informative, engaging and the use of different media and learning styles superb. I loved that some of the deeply disturbing aspects were tempered with some more lighthearted moments.  I loved that you were willing and courageous enough to share of yourself. 
Geoff (Chaplain, delegate at Supporting youth in a world of iSex, Youth workers' seminar, Sydney)

Overall, this was one of the best-attended and most positively responded to sessions we have ever presented. The feedback was excellent - Almost unanimously people agreed that the pace, presentation, variety of ways information was communicated, together with the PowerPoints and times of discussion made for an excellent afternoon. 
Jenny (co-ordinator for City Care, Youth Mental Health Workers seminar, Sydney)


Thank you so much for coming to Northcross last night to present on Resilience. I have had wonderful feedback from parents and staff. I loved your delivery and real life examples. You are certainly very gifted at what you do! 
(Northcross Christian School)


What I love about Collett's message is, that the world of technology brings a richness to our lives that we have never known in this way before! We were enlightened by a presentation of the many positive aspects that come with access to the internet and through the myriad of technical devices that are available to our children today. This was beautiful to hear, as so often we forget that this exists. Collett then took us on a journey that shocked many, making very clear that these ‘positives’ come with dangers. Unprotected and unmanaged, our young teens CAN enter a world that is dark and addictive and she shares of where our children can go when they are exposed to these, and how easy it is for this to happen! The internet sites that she listed are quite accessible to our children. The sites she listed are also unbelievably shocking for our children! Why would we ever want to leave them vulnerable in these places?
Kath McNee (Director, Family Filter)


Collett's talks at our conference were fresh, personal and jam packed with incredibly helpful insights for parents and professionals alike. Collett has an impressive knowledge of technology and practical ways we can protect and equip our children to deal with the realities they face each day. 
Sallie Hammond (Author and 'The Parenting Course' creator, and Manager at Fusion Australia)

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