Happy New Year and I hope that 2017 is going well for you.
In this newsletter I will look at a number of areas relating to behaviour that have appeared in the news recently.
An Oxford University study has found that fathers who embrace parenthood, who were emotionally committed & felt confident about parenthood in the first few months have better behaved children 11 years later. The amount of time they spent with their child was not a significant factor.
Soaring numbers of children seek help from Childline
NSPCC report that soaring numbers of boys & girls, some as young as 8, are calling the helpline to discuss their fears. In 2015-2016 nearly 250 children were contacting them, a rise of 35% on the previous year.
Risks of 'toxic' childhood
A group of child development experts & educationalists are calling on the Government to introduce national guidelines on the use of screens & their impact on children’s physical & mental health.
Research from King’s College, London & Cardiff University has found that allowing a smartphone or tablet in a child’s bedroom could cause sleep problems, even if it is not used. Simply having the gadget in the room leaves children ‘switched on.’ If a child or a teenager uses a device within 90 minutes of going to bed they are twice as likely to get insufficient sleep & nearly three times as likely to feel sleepy during the day.
Under 5’s spending more than 4hours a day glued to screens
According to Ofcom pre-school children were online for an average of 71 minutes a day & when watching television & gaming is added their screen time rises to 4 hours and 11 minutes. For children aged 5-15 the total rose to 5 hours and 33 minutes a day. Too much screen time damages children’s physical development, vision & inhibits their communication & social interaction according to Professor Pat Preedy.
More children are self-harming due to social media
The numbers of children admitted to hospital for self-harming has risen by 14% over the past 2 years. Experts have warned that social media was contributing to a ‘nation of deeply unhappy children.’ Childline data shows that 50 children a day are being counselled about self-harm.