MQ Mental Health Charity | Young People’s Mental Health

I recently covered my own mental health journey on here, I think it is such an important topic, we need to raise more awareness and get rid of stigma surrounding having a mental illness. There is absolutely no shame in having a mental illness, i’ve had one and it’s more common than you think. People shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed to seek help from professionals, family or friends but unfortunately this is still the case.

I believe that mental health should be part of the national curriculum, young people should be educated about this, in my opinion it’s crucial. If children are educated about what types of mental health they could come across and where they can seek help, it may help them take the first step quicker as they will recognise the signs instead of ‘on average taking 10 years to seek help after the first symptom has developed’.

MQ stands for mental health and quality of life, they are the first major mental health charity  funding pioneering research into mental health, they aim to create a world in which mental illness is understood, effectively treated and prevented.

MQ’s current campaign is about raising awareness to the lack of funding for Young People’s Mental Health and how this is negatively affecting the diagnosis rate and treatment, it is just as important as any other type of illness. Three quarters of young people with a significant mental illness are not in touch with mental health services which is shocking, this might be due to fear surrounding the stigma of having a mental illness, rejection and embarrassment. The infographic below highlights all of these shocking statistics.

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Amazon Fire Kids Tablet |

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In December I wrote a post featuring Kidloland surrounding the idea can using phones/tablets actually be educational for children, we’ve always been pretty flexible when it comes to letting Scarlett use technology, obviously she has a time limit on it but we allow her to use it. She usually uses my tablet or phone to watch kids Youtube which isn’t so great when you receive texts or calls because she slides them up going un noticed for a while. We decided to invest in a tablet for herself, I’ve heard about the Amazon Fire Kids Edition £100 before and it sounded pretty suited for her.

  • Easy-to-use parental controls: set screen time limits and educational goals, encouraging learning before play
  • Comes with 5000+ age-appropriate games, educational apps, videos and books with 1 year of Fire for Kids Unlimited included
  • Worry-free YouTube videos and websites: controlled access to thousands of age-appropriate websites and selected YouTube videos through the Fire for Kids web-browser
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: If they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked
  • 7″ display, quad-core processor, kid-proof case, front and rear cameras, and microSD slot for additional storage up to 200GB

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What mainly appealed to us is the 2-year worry-free guarantee, obviously when it comes to kids it’s likely at some point that it might get broken and being one of her favourite things to have at the moment I don’t want her to going without it and to be worrying about the cost to get the screen replaced or if the tablet gets damaged.

The tablet also has parental controls so that you are able to set screen time limits for example you can set it to the tablet can only be used between 6pm-7pm, Scarlett has adapted to that pretty well once her screen time is over it goes away. It also allows you to set educational goals so for example, Scarlett might have to do a piece of homework before having screen time.

The Amazon Fire Kids Edition comes with 5000+ games, educational apps, videos and books so there is plenty of entertainment for your little ones without them having to download endless apps, which is a pet hate of mine when she has my phone, if she doesn’t try to download them there is a risk of them being deleted and typically I can never remember what I originally had, there is no issue with that it’s all already on the tablet, what’s even better they are age appropriate.

I’d definitely recommend this if parents are looking to buy their little ones a tablet.

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Can using phones/tablets actually be educational? Featuring Kidloland

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There’s a huge debate when it comes to children and technology, some parents allow their kids to use tablets, TVs etc and some it’s a complete no go which fair enough everyone is entitled to their own opinion and to bring their children up to how they wish, myself I see no problem with Scarlett using them. Scarlett watches TV and plays games including educational games on my phone but she isn’t stuck to the device 12 hours a day everyday, we still teach her so much but it has contributed and helped her thrive.

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Kidloland* is an award winning downloadable app for phones and tablets aimed at 0-5 year olds which includes 1000+ nursery rhymes, songs, stories, activities, games for kids on their app. The app is really easy to navigate through for both parents and children, Scarlett has had absolutely no problem with using it and finding what she wants.

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The main menu of Kidloland includes, Nursery Rhymes 1-20, Stories, Phonics, ABCD Songs, Games, Learn to Trace, Nursery Rhymes 21-25, Surprises,Chomping Monsters, Popping Time, Activities, Magic Words, Create & Play Occupations, Create & Play Places Around Us, Wheels on the Bus, Weather & Seasons, Dinos, Old MacDonald Songs, Vehicles, Animal Kingdom, Fruits & Vegetables, Row Your Boat, Numbers 1-100, Lullabies, Colours & Shapes, Months & Days and Christmas Songs.

 

Whenever me and Scarlett are out and about especially when it comes to using public transport for long time periods I think it is important for us to have entertainment as she gets bored of books and me pulling funny faces after a while, she’s probably thinking what the hell is mummy doing half the time. Generally Scarlett tends to use Kids Youtube where she finds things like Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol but this absolutely drains my data use age when we are out and about but with Kidloland within the app you are able to download the items so that whenever your on the go or have no internet your child can still use the app, so there is no worrying about using all your data.

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What I love most about Kidloland is that it is really interactive, it’s not just getting her to sit in front of a TV and watch it like you would with shows like Paw Patrol, she has to interact with the app for example learn to trace, on the screen it comes up with a letter of the alphabet, it requires you to trace the letter with your finger. Scarlett is in love with this app and mummy plays along with it too.

App is free to download, subscription packages available at £3.99 for 1 month, £18.99 for 6 months, £29.99 for 12 months.

Kidloland is available on IOS and Google Play Store & Amazon App Store.

What are your thoughts about children using phones and tablets?

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