Is your child sleep deprived?
Ask yourself these two questions:
Does your teen have big weekend sleep-ins?
Is he/she very difficult to wake up and get out of bed on school mornings?
If the answer to either or both of these questions is 'yes', according to Dr Chris Seton, your child is sleep deprived!
Do you have a screenager at home where your teen is always in front of a screen of some kind? Perhaps you need some guidance and support in how to manage screens and your teenagers at home. Again, I’d like to recommend a book that can help inform you of what is happening with our teens and our younger children and how we as parents can help.
Compiled by Dr Ramesh Manocha, this book will give you an insight into how to help your young child to be successful at school and at home.
In the chapter about sleep, Dr Seton, suggests that if a teenager gets plenty of quality sleep, then even in stressful situations, the teenager will not usually display any depression, anxiety and moods will remain “normal”.
So how much time should my child be spending on their device at home?
According to Dr Kristy Goodwin, who writes a chapter about 'Healthy Habits for a Digital Life', which is chapter 5 of the book, the following are the Australian screen time guidelines, 2016:
0-2 years = no screen time
2-5 years = one hour per day maximum
5-12 years = no more than two hours per day
13-17 years = no more than two hours per day, break up long periods sitting.
However, as mentioned last week, content and balance are key!
All the best as you purchase, read and implement the key components for your children at home and for us at school.
Mr Sonny Aiono