Australian Children: Locally Secure, Globally Afraid?

Jonathon Sargeant

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Sargeant, Jonathon (2008) Australian Children: Locally Secure, Globally Afraid? In R. Gerber & M. Roberston (Eds.), Children's Lifeworlds: Locating Indigenous Voices: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 9781604560640

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Reproduced with permission.


Australia can be described as a modern, technologically advanced and wealthy Western society that holds a somewhat confused place in the global community. Australians consider themselves to be active global citizens and as such enjoy participation in discourses regarding world futures, politics, environmental sustainability and terrorism. While Australian governments have forged strong international alliances, the rest of the world is often accused of largely ignoring the Australian ‘position’ on key issues. However, in geographic terms, Australia is a long way from everywhere. Even with this relative remoteness of their place in the world, Australians are regularly confronted with images and information of issues a long way from home.

Australians are keen observers of world events and the access to such information is often fast (Robertson, 2000), relatively uncensored and, in many cases more forthcoming than at the place of origin. Unfortunately, this flow of information has been attributed to some extent to a loss of innocence in the Australian way of life, as Demetriou, (2005 online) writes, “We seem to have lost our sense of adventure, our sense of backing ourselves, our sense of looking towards tomorrow, preferring to worry about today.” With this sentiment resonating with Australian adults, it begs the question: “What affect does this have on Australian children?”