The link above is from a news article released yesterday by Sky News on their online pages and I read and agreed with it.
I used to work in primary schools and I used to give out homework on a regular basis, but only something that should have lasted 20 mins max and it was what we had practised in lesson.
But now for some, homework has become an extension to the lesson. They’ve ran out of time in the classroom and there is a need to do this work before they move on to the next unit in the syllabus. Or it maybe they forgot to put it in the timetable and they need them to practice it home and then go in during school holidays (I kid you not- this was my daughter and no she didn’t go in, even though they were getting them domino’s pizza for lunch!)
So we do need to be mindful as parents and teachers alike of the repercussions of setting out homework or getting our children to do extra school work at home, because you want them to do well.
And it’s not just sky news reporting on this issue. Young minds report that 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 have a diagnosable mental health condition.
Their other statistics for depression in particular are:
0.9% or nearly 80,000 children and young people are seriously depressed
0.2% or about 8,700 aged 5-10 year-olds are seriously depressed.
1.4% or about 62,000 aged 11-16 year-olds are seriously depressed.
Self harming is on the increase too, which can be a characteristic of depression in children and young people, and those with aspergers.
So what do we look out for?
It’s not always easy to spot the signs. It can be that we literally dealing with the situation.
Keeping the lines of communication open is a good one, though not always an easy one to achieve, especially when you’re dealing with teenagers. A specialist teacher once told me to get Harry to keep a doodle book. Every day get him to do a doodle in a book to represent how he felt. She said the earlier we started this the better.
I’ve also included links here to guide you.
So if you think that your child has a mental health condition, please seek help and advice. It is not an illness that doesn’t exist or is something to be ashamed of and it’s not down to bad parenting. It affects more people than you think and it’s one of the many conditions that are not always visible.
If you think homework is having a detrimental effect on your child’s well-being, speak to your child’s school. They can often deal with homework in school time, leaving home time just being that.