Issue 1
Monday, 04 March 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
New cartoons, jointly produced by Menzies and the Northern Territory Public Health Network, aim to reduce bullying
New cartoons, jointly produced by Menzies and the Northern Territory Public Health Network, aim to reduce bullying

New tool targets bullying in lives of Aboriginal youth

A new resource has been designed to help young Aboriginal people to cope with teasing and bullying.

Menzies School of Health Research Centre for Child Development and Education partnered with Northern Territory Public Health Network to produce the resource kit in collaboration with an advisory group of young community-based leaders.

Trakz uses cartoon graphics to tell real-life stories about bullying that happens in community and gives examples of how young people can respond to protect themselves and their friends from its effects.

Menzies Director of the Centre for Child Development and Education, Professor Gary Robinson said the Trakz program was piloted with groups of Aboriginal youths and received positive feedback. 

“The resource kit is enhanced with our Digital Trakz App, which gives Aboriginal youths across the country access to the Trakz stories in an engaging, interactive format,” Professor Robinson said.

“This resource was developed with Hitnet, a ‘tech for good’ company that brings information and services to the hardest-to-reach people,” Professor Robinson said.

It’s anticipated that Trakz will not only increase community awareness about bullying, but also will help raise the capacity to deal with it within communities.

The digital format extends its reach even further and the partners are hoping Trakz will become an important part of suicide prevention activities, particularly in remote communities.

Two digital Trakz stories (Priscilla’s story and Tom’s story) are available in animated audio versions via the App Stores (iTunes and Google) under the title of Trakz.

The digital Trakz stories are also available at W: www.hitnet.com.au/kiosk