Everybody wants the best for their children or other tamariki in their life, but how do you support and foster their wellbeing?
With the COVID-19 pandemic causing extra stress, strain and disruption in people’s lives, it’s more important than ever to support the wellbeing of young ones.
The Unicef Worlds of Influence: Understanding What Shapes Child Well-being in Rich Countries report card came out last year, comparing children’s wellbeing across rich countries.
Here are some of the findings from the report (found in Section 3: The world of the child) that show the kind of activities that were linked with children’s sense of wellbeing:
1. Spending time with family
The strongest link was found between happiness and spending time with family. The report says this finding is consistent with other research showing the importance of family relationships for kids. Positive relationships with family, peers and at school were also linked with higher wellbeing.
2. Spending time outdoors
The report found that children who play outside often are happier than children who do not. There are lots of ways to make sure kids are staying active and getting regular exercise.
3. Moderate screen time
The report found that a moderate amount of screen time (between 30 minutes and 3 hours a day) was associated with the highest mental wellbeing. Kids who didn’t use technology and kids who were very intensive users had lower wellbeing.
4. Eating breakfast and…
Eating breakfast, cycling, getting enough sleep and eating fruit were found to have a positive association with adolescent mental wellbeing.
5. Connection with school
Children with a stronger sense of school belonging were found to do better at school and have higher life satisfaction.
6. Not being bullied
On the flip side, being bullied was found to have the biggest negative impact on wellbeing. In all countries, children who had been frequently bullied had lower mean life satisfaction scores than kids who hadn’t.
A copy of the full report can be found here