There is a crisis in mental health for young people. Services are operating in silos and they are not working for over-tested, overstressed young people. Much emphasis has been placed on teenagers with low self-esteem, with behavioural and emotional issues and how we can support them. Full article
Fathers who interact more with their babies during the first few months of life may boost their child’s mental development, experts have found.
Children of fathers who are more engaged and active when playing with their babies perform better on cognitive tests later in childhood, according to a study published in Infant Mental Health Journal. Full article
Slathering on sunscreen could be one of the factors behind people becoming vitamin D deficient, a new study suggests. Full article
A safety organisation in the Netherlands is campaigning to encourage parents to let children play more dangerously.
Dutch children are the happiest in the developed world according to UNICEF, but VeiligheidNL believes they are being “pampered”. Full article
Mike Greenway, Director of Play Wales
Some time ago when involved in the production of a publication aimed at identifying quality in playwork  I found myself revisiting decisions my partner and I had made in respect of our own children’s play. It was the 70s and we had very clear ideas about gender stereotyping and war games. Full blog
The people behind the Year are looking for 8 to 26-year-olds from all over Scotland to become Year of Young People 2018 Ambassadors. Get involved, and represent the Year of Young People 2018 in your local community! Full details here
With the onset of spring, children will want to play outside. When they do, parents might be tempted to whip out the hand sanitizer. Full article
A council has installed a special needs swing just days after an eight-year-old girl wrote to them about her disabled twin brother.
Naomi Gwynne accused South Lanarkshire Council of “forgetting” about her brother Isaac, after he was unable to use new equipment in their local park. Full article
Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of Play Scotland, pointed to a recent study that showed that high school children often have the road safety skills of five year olds in the 1970s.
She said: “However, we are being overprotective. The underlying problem is that parents are undermining the competence of their children, which means that they roam less far than they would have done in the past.”
Naomi wrote to the authority after visiting the new park near their home in Hamilton and seeing that Isaac could not use the assisted swings as they were too small.
She wrote: “I like the new park but please could you make a disabled swing for it?
“Isaac my twin brother is too big for a baby swing but can’t hold on to the bars of the grown up swings.
“His favourite thing is a swing and we are both sad. Why did you forget about him? I have drawn a swing he would like. Thank you.” Full article