The most important thing to remember is that children and young people need TIME, SPACE and PERMISSION to play, hang out, or chill out. As children get older TIME to chill and relax or hang out with friends becomes increasingly important as the time spent on schoolwork and/or structured activities increases.
Having permission to ‘hang out’ within neighbourhoods and communities is critically important! Parents, communities and neighbourhoods should encourage and be welcoming of young people.
It is okay for your child or young person to be bored sometimes! Being bored can help motivate them to find something creative or new to fill their time.
Children and teenagers use screens for schoolwork, communication and entertainment. Develop healthy screen time habits and limit daily screen time and use of technology (see Briefing Sheet 1 for tips and ideas).
Accept that your ‘young person’ might do things differently from you, acknowledge and respect their choices, follow their lead and allow them the opportunity and independence to choose for themselves.