PARENTS are being asked to talk to their kids about their after school activities as school returns tomorrow.
Curtin University School of Public Health associate professor Sharyn Burns said more young students were taking part in activities compared to the past.
“Some of the activities include learning to play a musical instrument or playing sport, sometimes at a high intensity,” she said.
“It can be a hectic time of year as sports start their training and kids return to school at the same time.
“Parents should talk with their children about what is manageable and consider what level of school the kids are at because the amount of homework increases as they continue with their education.
“Sticking to a manageable timetable and being organised is the key as well as understanding that it’s a more individual, one child might be able to cope with lots of activities while another might not be able to.”
Murdoch University School of Education Associate Professor Peter Whipp said there was substantive research to suggest, for some, adolescent anxiety levels were increasing and associated with a broader range of agents.
“Worthy of note, not all school students are ‘stressed’ and school-related anxiety levels can readily fluctuate,” he said.
“On a practical level, I suspect parents are more interested in their own children’s mental health than more global trends.
“Some students flourish in a high engagement load, others do not.”