"...because we dont often have a voice, and to me this is our voice and it's alot of stories we can connect to ...we're sharing our stories and it's very heartfelt...we shared our emotional and spiritual wellbeing with everybody." Cultural Consultant
KidsMatter, in partnership with highly regarded Aboriginal consultants, have developed a series of animations that are designed to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and provide viewers with an understanding of what social and emotional wellbeing means to Aboriginal people. Additionally, three guidance videos and a range of other guidance resources have been developed to help you determine the best way to use the animations.
Click below to view the first guidance video Through your lens, which guides viewers through how to use the animations responsibly.
Full screen - f key.
Play/pause - spacebar key.
Volume - up/down arrow keys.
Skip - left/right arrow keys.
Closed captions - c key.
About the animations
These animations aim to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children. Each animation provides a story that highlights key messages about the day-to-day caring of Aboriginal children’s wellbeing by parents, families and communities. They feature a range of kin relationships, cultural roles and responsibilities, environments and experiences and highlight the important links these interactions have in fostering children’s social and emotional wellbeing.
Social and emotional wellbeing can mean different things to different families and communities. The stories depicted in the animations have been guided by Aboriginal cultural consultants involved in this project and do not necessarily represent the experiences of all Aboriginal people. Additionally, there were no Torres Strait Islander consultants involved in the development of the animations, so the animations cannot be assumed to represent experiences of Torres Strait Islander people. It is important that when applying the knowledge gained in using these resources, you do so in in the context of what social and emotional wellbeing means for the families you are working with.
Each animation covers one of the three themes: Cultural identity, Adults taking care of themselves and Resilience.
How to use
The animations and guidance resources could be used by many people who support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children including:
Aboriginal families and communities
Professionals working in schools
Professionals working in early childhood education
Mental health professionals
People will use the animations and guidance resources in different ways; some will use all of them, whereas some will use only a few of them. Which resources you use will depend on your existing knowledge of Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing, as well as the relationships you have with Aboriginal children, families and communities.
Some ways to use them are:
As professional learning tools by staff within schools, early childhood services and health services to increase understanding about Aboriginal children’s social and emotional wellbeing
As part of your school’s or service’s strategy to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal families and communities, such as your organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Narragunnawali Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning (http://www.reconciliation.org.au/schools) is a reconciliation program designed to support early childhood, primary and secondary schools in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal histories, cultures and contributions.
As a way for Aboriginal adults, who are caring for children, to share stories and start conversations about raising children, which support their social and emotional wellbeing.
Knowing how and why you will use the animations in important. The guidance resources will help you understand your intentions and use these animations in a safe way.
It is important to note that some of these stories may trigger feelings and other reactions in the viewer, and those reactions will vary from person to person, depending on their culture, background and context.