Health & Wellbeing
Cultivating Health & Wellbeing Supports Learning
OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 Project
The OECD Learning Compass 2030, a product of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Future of Education and Skills 2030 project, is an evolving learning framework that sets out an aspirational vision for the future of education with a focus on individual and collective well-being. The compass framework connects well to IB PYP standards and practices through its offering of a broad vision of the types of competencies students will need to thrive in 2030 and beyond. Check out the well-being section.
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Wellness Activities Blog
Check out this blog that was created by three University of British Columbia teacher education students in an effort to enhance connections between educators and school communities, particularly due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on learning and education. The blog is a collection of playful learning ideas for school-aged children. The learning ideas focus on social, emotional, physical, and intellectual well-being.
Young Adults are Struggling with their Mental Health. Is more Childhood Independence the Answer?
Wonder why children — yours, ours, everyone’s — often seem easily flummoxed, discouraged, and young for their age? Or passive? Or just plain anxious? This blockbuster report by Holly Korbey on the KQED website is a grand tour of modern childhood and what needs to be fixed.
In a new study currently under review, Georgetown University psychologist Yulia Chentsova Dutton looked at whether American college students’ threshold for what is considered risky was comparable to their global peers.
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Chentsova Dutton and her team interviewed students from Turkey, Russia, Canada and the United States, asking them to describe a risky or dangerous experience they had in the last month. Both Turkish and Russian students described witnessing events that involved actual risk: violent fights on public transportation; hazardous driving conditions caused by drunk drivers; women being aggressively followed on the street.
But American students were far more likely to cite as dangerous things that most adults do every day, like being alone outside or riding alone in an Uber.
The American students’ risk threshold was comparatively “quite low,” according to Chentsova Dutton. Students who reported they gained independence later in childhood — going to the grocery store or riding public transportation alone, for example — viewed their university campus as more dangerous; those same students also had fewer positive emotions when describing risky situations.
Chentsova Dutton hypothesizes that when students have fewer opportunities to practice autonomy, they have less faith in themselves that they can figure out a risky situation. “My suspicion is that low autonomy seems to translate into low efficacy,” she said. “Low efficacy and a combination of stress is associated with distress,” like anxiety and depression. Learn more by reading the report.
Also see the Play & Independence: Let Grow Website that is mentioned in the report.
Source: KQED Website
Social Media and Youth Mental Health
This PDF is an advisory by the U.S. Surgeon General on the topic of Social Media and Youth Mental Health (Direct Download). It provides an overview of the current evidence on the positive and negative impacts of social media on children and adolescents, as well as the primary areas of concern for mental health and well-being. The document offers actionable recommendations for policymakers, technology companies, parents, caregivers, young people, and researchers to address the potential harms of social media use and promote mental health.
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Social media has both positive and negative impacts on children and adolescents' mental health.
Potential benefits of social media use include access to information, social support, and self-expression.
Potential harms of social media use include exposure to harmful content and excessive or problematic use.
Policymakers should take action by implementing policies to create safe online environments for children.
Technology companies should prioritize user health and safety in the design and development of social media products and services.
Parents and caregivers should be proactive in monitoring and guiding their children's social media use.
Children and adolescents should be educated about responsible social media use and encouraged to seek help when needed.
Researchers should conduct further studies to better understand the impact of social media on youth mental health.
Transparency and sharing of assessment findings and data with independent researchers and the public should be encouraged.
Potential risks of online interactions should be assessed, and steps should be taken to prevent misuse and reduce exposure to harm.
Scientific advisory committees should be established to inform policies and approaches for creating safe online environments for children.
Developmental psychology and user mental health expertise should be leveraged in product teams to minimize risks of harm to children and adolescents.
Default settings for children should be set to the highest safety and privacy standards, with clear information about policies regarding use by children.
Please note that these are just a few key findings and recommendations from the PDF. The full document contains more detailed information and additional recommendations.
What Is an Emotionally-Healthy Childhood?
How to Talk to and Support a Child About a Loved One with Cancer
This website is recommended by Kaitlyn Carlock, Advocacy Associate of Mesothelioma Hope. Talking to Children About Cancer is an excellent resource about child cancer support for anyone, but especially parents. It's aim is to provide resources that will support a child's needs during this difficult time. Taking the time to teach a child healthy coping mechanisms and answer any questions they may have about cancer can help them get through this new and challenging experience.
- How to Tell a Child That a Family Member Has Cancer
- Talking About a Cancer Diagnosis
- Talking About a Cancer Treatment
- Talking About Cancer Prognosis
- Resources to Help You Support a Child
Mesothelioma.net: Guide to Coping with CancerReceiving a cancer diagnosis often leads to increased levels of stress and depression. However, actively seeking support can greatly improve the emotional well-being of those affected. The aim of Mesothelioma.net is to educate the public about the mental and emotional health of cancer patients and provide the necessary tools for seeking out professional counseling.
Talking to Children About a Loved One Moving to a Nursing Home
It’s not always easy to explain to children why a cherished family member is moving into a nursing home. However, this challenging conversation can be an opportunity to help your child understand aging, empathy, and family responsibility. Nursing Home Abuse Justice has compiled information that may be able to help guide you.
Some ways you can explain the concept of a nursing home to your child:
- Help with everyday living.
- Taking part in fun activities.
- Making new friends.
- Cleaning and housework are taken care of.
- Having healthy food already made.
Sanctuaries of Silence & Activities
You are encouraged to view Sanctuaries of Silence with your students. The video focuses on listening to sound in our environment and comes with student conversation cards which encourage students to think about the human sounds, mechanized sounds, and nature sounds they hear. The takeaway concept is the disappearance of nature sounds on Earth. This connects very well SDG goal 15: Life on LandHow to Use the cards to deepen your students’ learning…
- As pre-film warm-ups to introduce the topics and themes
- As catalysts for post-film discussions
- As writing prompts for personal reflections or essays
- To spark ideas for action or class projects