Excessive screen time has emerged as the top ‘big problem’ for the health of Australian children and teenagers.
The first Australian Child Health Poll reveals the top ten child health problems as reported by the Australian public.
The top ten child health problems as told by the Australian public are:
- Excessive screen time
- Not enough physical activity
- Unhealthy diet
- Illegal drug use
- Family and domestic violence
- Internet safety
- Child abuse and neglect
Director of the poll, Dr Anthea Rhodes said modern day health problems such as those identified in the top ten are often easier to ignore than address.
“These issues have become so engrained in our lives that they’re almost perceived as unsolvable problems. But we now know that the community considers them to be the biggest health problems for children and teenagers today.”
Some of the key findings show that:
- Almost 60% of Australians say excessive screen time is a big health problem for Australian children and young people.
- Parents rate obesity more frequently as a big problem for children in the community than for their own children.
- One in ten parents rate dental issues as a big problem for their own children.
- The top ten perceived health problems relate to modern lifestyle, mental health concerns and child safety.
- Excessive screen time was the most frequently identified big problem followed by obesity, not enough physical activity and unhealthy diet.
In the news
The Huffington Post Australia
The Courier Mail
The West Australian
Information for parents
Read Dr Anthea Rhodes’ blog about dealing with screen-based entertainment: Top tips on ‘unplugging’ your kids
Diet and lifestyle
- Raising Children Network
- Australian Government Department of Health Guidelines
- Active Healthy Kids Australia