Now more than ever, children are spending more time on computers, tablets, smartphones, and in front of the television. All those hours spent scrolling or staring at a screen can have a negative impact on your child’s visual, mental, and physical health. As a parent, here is what you need to know.
As fast as children jump from classroom to activity to home and back again, their brains are just as rapidly growing and changing. The brain grows exponentially during birth to six years of age. It is unfortunate that sometimes, children don’t receive the daily nutrition they require to fuel their mind and body. Children who eat poorly are more likely to develop certain long-term health problems and complications, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular diseases.
The Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre (CCAC) provides hope, help, and healing for children, youth, and families who have experienced severe abuse. During this unknown and stressful time, they remain open - with protective measures in place - to provide essential services to children, youth, and their families.
During a pandemic, it’s not uncommon to experience strong emotions. Psychology helps us to understand normal responses to abnormal events - this can help Albertans cope. Novel and unfamiliar threats provoke anxiety and even unrealistic fears and racism. Social distancing, effective communications, and public health measures are realistic lines of defense.
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