This week I thought I would share some recent reports regarding student wellbeing. The first refers to research regarding the use of devices before bedtime and the disruption this causes to sleep patterns. The second is a letter from the Victorian Police to all Victorian schools regarding a recent trend in ‘pop up parties’ which are having a negative impact on many students.
SLEEP & BEDTIME USE OF MEDIA DEVICES
Science Daily reports on new research from King’s College London which found that children using devices such as smart phones and tablets at bedtime have over double the risk of a disrupted night’s sleep compared to children without access to such devices. The research study involved a review of 20 existing studies from four continents, covering more than 125,000 children aged 6 to 19 years. The study found that the presence of a media device in the bedroom, even without use, was associated with an increased likelihood of poor sleep. The researchers suggest that ‘an integrated approach involving parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals is necessary to reduce access to these devices and encourage good sleeping habits near bedtime’.
VicPol letter to school communities, to be sent via schools
Victoria Police concerns around harm occurring to young people
I am writing to inform you that we have received information from Victoria Police about local ‘pop-up’ parties and social gatherings being organised via social media which are unsafe for the young people attending.
These parties are being hosted in private homes, abandoned buildings and public halls across south eastern and eastern Melbourne.
Victoria Police acknowledges that many young people are also attending safe parties.
However, Victoria Police has made a number of recommendations to ensure young people can safely attend local gatherings:
- Talk to your children and be mindful of where they are;
- Be vigilant around monitoring all of your child’s social media accounts (consider there may be multiple accounts) and look online at any events your child wants to attend;
- Investigate any party your child is attending, and be satisfied of where your child is and who they are with. If a party location is unknown one or two weeks prior to a party date, this may be of concern.
- Underage alcohol drinking and drug use is not recommended.
If you have any information that may assist police, phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
If you are concerned that your child has been the victim of a sexual assault and may require support, please contact Centre Against Sexual Assault on 1800 806 292.
At Kardinia we place a great deal of importance on student wellbeing and have a wonderful wellbeing officer in Katie Self. Katie is available to support students and parents on all matters to do with wellbeing and can be contacted via the school office.