One of the most common characteristic of the children of today’s generation is their short span of attention or their lack of concentration. This means that they only have their full attention or concentration to one thing for just a short period of time because they tend to immediately shift to another one. This characteristic makes them hard to teach in school and at home and it makes them even hard to take care of. But have you ever wondered why they act this way? And have you ever tried to fix this problem? Experts have given several reasons why this happen and provide some insights to improving our children’s concentration not just at school but at home as well.
Sally Weale, through her article, will tell us why children’s struggle to concentrate at school is due to lack of sleep.
Children struggling to concentrate at school due to lack of sleep, MPs told
Sleep deprivation is a growing problem in schools, with pupils struggling to concentrate in lessons due to lack of sleep, MPs have been told. Edward Timpson, minister for children and families, highlighted the issue while being questioned by MPs who are investigating the role of education in preventing mental health problems in children and young people. Lack of sleep has been linked to children’s use of mobile phones and tablets late into the night, MPs sitting on the joint inquiry by the Commons health and education committees were told at Wednesday’s hearing. Timpson said: “A big issue in schools now is around sleep deprivation. Children are not getting enough sleep and that causes problems concentrating.” Doctors have previously reported a dramatic increase in children with sleep disorders; NHS data shows hospital attendances in England for under-14s have risen from almost 3,000 in 2005-06 to more than 8,000 in 2015-16.MPs also raised concerns about the impact of social media on children’s mental health, with reports of widespread cyber bullying, and parents’ inability to protect their children. Read more here.
Lack of sleep for children really causes to them to lose concentration especially in school. Bottom-line, it is the parents’ responsibility to monitor their child’s sleeping time. They should make sure that their child gets enough sleep because when they do, their entire day would be a lot better because their body has had enough rest which will make them active in school. There are also other ways in which we could improve children’s concentration and pone is through yoga and mindfulness. To tell us more about this, let us read Menaka Bharathi’s article below.
How to Improve Concentration in Children with Yoga and Mindfulness
With the rise of technology, children are distracted more than they were a decade ago. Their concentration level is at the lowest level than ever thought of. Thus, for children to grow into healthy adults, they need to learn to be mindful not only in schools but also for the rest of their life. I have explained about the need of mindfulness for children and the advantages of practicing mindfulness. This awareness will reduce a lot many problems we see in children today. To bring about mindfulness, you need to have a healthy body and fit mind. This is where Yoga pitches in. Yoga is one such powerful tool that supports children to be more focused and balanced. Read more here.
Isn’t it nice to see your child actually doing yoga? That would totally look cute. It is true that a fit mind and body and can improve the way of thinking and of course the concentration of a person.
On the other hand, let us look into the situation of children in the Philippines, specifically in Marawi, who have recently been under the rage of war. What happened actually brought trauma to the entire city causing children to fear and the tragic event tremendously affected the children’s education. However, people have found ways to bring back the children’s concentration in school through art. Portia Ladrido will tell us how this happened. Let us read her article below.
How Art Helped Marawi Children Concentrate in School
“For these [Maranao] kids, it’s so hard for them to verbalize things sometimes, and [art] helps to be able to provide this new avenue for them to be able to do that,” says Melissa Yeung-Yap, an artist and social entrepreneur who helped conduct art workshops for children affected by the Marawi conflict. Photo by KENNETH ABALLA
Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The conflict in Marawi has reduced the city to rubble. Though it has been liberated, its aftermath — homes and livelihood built for years destroyed beyond recognition — may be the most challenging image that the Maranaos will have to come to terms with.
Classes in 12 public schools have resumed in Marawi on the first week of September, but their usual routine has taken a pause. “[The students] were just drawing because they’re not yet ready for formal school. They’re too distracted with everything that happened to them. It’s only drawing that gets them focused,” says Melissa Yeung-Yap, an artist and social entrepreneur who headed art workshops for children in Marawi. Read more here.
Helping improve our children’s concentration would really be a big help especially for their schooling. As parents, we have to make sure that our children have a focused attention because they need it especially in learning. There are some factors which affect their concentration, so as much as possible, we should avoid it. For factors such as war which we cannot actually avoid by ourselves, we should work hand in hand to help our children regain their concentration.