INSIGHTS ON CHILD HEALTH
Top child psychologist here to help
WHILE the kids of Chinchilla may have been enjoying a pupil free day on Monday, a spotlight was being aimed at the health of their minds and bodies.
Leading Australian adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg was in town to give timely insights into child psychology and student development.
As the resident parenting expert on Channel 7’s morning shows, Dr Carr-Gregg boasts a list of best-selling books to his name and a history of involvement with organisations including Reach Out and beyondblue.
Chinchilla State School head of curriculum Andrew Dixon said Chinchilla was lucky to welcome him to their small town.
“Having an expert of his calibre coming out to talk to us and give some insights into child psychology and student development is a really a great thing for Chinchilla, we are very lucky,” Mr Dixon said.
Around 180 staff from the six schools in the Chinchilla cluster attended sessions on the day, with a further 150-160 parents and community members attending in the evening.
Dr Carr Gregg spoke on a variety of issues, from lifting resilience in children, bullying, cyber bullying, student well-being, healthy minds and healthy bodies.
Mr Dixon said the sessions were “incredibly successful” and gave everyone information applicable in a practical setting.
“Dr Carr-Gregg was an extremely engaging speaker and really got people on his side through the stories and anecdotes that he shared.
“He also presented some data-based information that was very surprising.”
“He shared that one in four Australian kids under the age of 12 are being stalked, harassed, and abused online.
“He also pressed the importance of healthy eating, sleep and exercise in children.”
Parents were encouraged to ensure their children balanced screen time with “green time” and that their diet included Greek yoghurt, oily fish, blueberries and eggs.
Mr Dixon said the sessions were received positively by staff and parents alike.
COMMUNITY NIGHT: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Andrew Dixon with school captains Archie Hart, Alice Iverson, Nathan Rollings and Nikita Wilson.