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Let's Talk about Kids' Mental Health

Did you know that over 20% of children experience mental health disorders1? Talking about mental health can be tough, but it's important! Both parents and caregivers should focus on promoting emotional wellbeing for all children through love, guidance, and support2. You can take a Mental Health First Aid course to learn how to recognize symptoms, talk to kids about mental health, and seek help3.

For Parents: If you are concerned about your child’s mental health but don’t know what to do, you can talk to:

How Much Screen Time Is Healthy for Kids?

Have you ever wondered how much time your little one should spend watching television or playing with an iPad? Approximately 68% of children under the age of three use electronic media daily1! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that caregivers avoid exposing infants and toddlers to screens due to health concerns2. Research suggests that increased screen time negatively impacts young children’s weight, concentration, memory, academic achievement, mood, and language skills1,2,3,4,5.

Limiting screen time provides many physical and mental benefits for your child’s development such as a lower risk of obesity and speech delays4,5. In addition, turning off electronics in the evening can even improve sleep hygiene5,6.  Young children learn better from interacting with people rather than electronics3. Because screen time increases as children get older7, it is important to start creating healthy habits now! 

Click here to dowload a pamphelet about healthy screen time.

Written by ASAP Sitter Caitlin.

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