Managing screen time, health and wellbeing

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Managing screen time and online safety

It’s important you keep a balanced approach to home learning. Time spent using digital devices for learning should be broken up with physical exercise and offline learning tasks often.

It’s also important that during this time of remote learning we maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies.

For more information about being safe online, visit Bully Stoppers

Looking after your child's wellbeing

Wellbeing comes from physical, mental and emotional health.

For children and young people, there are many things that build positive wellbeing. Wellbeing can come from:

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Having good relationships
  • Experiencing a sense of accomplishment
  • Taking part in healthy activities, getting lots of sleep and eating well.

For more information, including wellbeing activities and conversation starters, visit: Looking after your child's wellbeing.

Looking after your child's mental health

Changes in your child's mood and behaviour are normal part of growing up.

While you know your child better than anyone, sometimes it can also be hard to know the difference between normal behaviour and potential mental health concerns. No one expects you to be an expert in mental health.

For more information, visit: Looking after your child's mental health.

Physical activity and healthy eating

Keeping active and eating well helps maintain your child's physical and mental health. It also helps with concentration, memory and problem solving.

For more information, visit: Keeping your child active and eating healthy.

Talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19)

You can follow tips for talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19). They include how to have a safe and reassuring conversation and links to resources to help you and your family.

Taking care of yourself

Looking after your own wellbeing and mental and physical health is important.

If looking after yourself is challenging and you have concerns about how you are coping, support is available.

For more information, visit: Taking care of yourself.

Free online parenting advice

Triple P – positive parenting is a free online tool to help you:

  • raise happy, confident and resilient children
  • manage misbehaviour so everyone in the family enjoys life more
  • encourage positive behaviour
  • set family routines and rules that everyone can follow
  • balance work and family life with less stress
  • take care of yourself.

The program is suitable for families with children between the age of 2 and 16 years.

The current pandemic has raised new parenting challenges for everyone. The program, funded by the Victorian Government, helps parents during these challenging times. 

Find out more at the Triple P program website.