Kids and late-night tech

Published: 13 April 2018

Kids and tech

Students who don’t get enough sleep may have negatively impacted mental health.

Child using technology
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Teachers in Canberra are reporting that students who use technology late at night are suffering from disrupted sleeping habits, which is negatively impacting their mental health.

Professor Sarah Blunden, director of the Australian Centre for Education in Sleep, believes that disrupted sleep is leading to changes in hormones, appetite, metabolism and mood.

As stated in ABC news, she said, "You are more likely to have an emotional lability, that is, a much more volatile emotional state. You're more likely to be depressed or have waves of depression or anxiety."

In speaking with the ABC, Liz Bobos, co-president of ACT Principals Association, said that schools are seeing an increase in referrals to psychologists.

To back up this claim, Primary school teacher Erin Weston said that some students have revealed to her that they are self-harming, but “it’s hard to get access to support for them when they’re in the primary school years.”

Weston said she has noticed a recent disruption in the classroom, and parents are often unaware that their kids are missing sleep.

Liz Bobos believes that the solution is for schools and parents to work together to ensure kids are using technology appropriately. She even suggests that parents should download apps onto their children’s phones, so they know how they are using the technology.