Technology has transformed our lives, and there is no going back. According to experts from the Child Mind Institute, here are tips on how you can help your kid deal wth mental health issues that comes along with it.
When we were kids, the media scene was vastly different than it is today. Even more so when the same media is rife with speculation about how this or that component of the digital era harms our children. Children’s physical, neurological, and emotional growth has been promoted by pediatricians, despite the lack of conclusive studies in this area.
Over half of children between the ages of 2 and 8 have access to mobile digital devices like cellphones and iPods, according to Common Sense Media. 72% of children under the age of eight own a computer, while 82% of students in grades 5 to 9 use computers at school.
To claim that technology has taken over the world is not an exaggeration. Research has also begun to show linkages between technological advancements and attention deficit disorder (ADD), hostility (anger), depression (sad), and bullying.
In the past, technological advances have always caused concern — no one would say that the telephone was an inherently lousy development or that printed books undermine the social fabric — and there is no evidence that the current scenario is any different from the previous situation.
What technology currently allows us to achieve has significant advantages and hazards that we should be aware of. Our children’s well-being is our primary concern for navigating this new environment.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “unstructured playing is more useful for the growing brain than electronic media” for children under the age of two; hence keeping them away from screens is encouraged. There are numerous theories about screen usage’s positive and negative effects on children’s development.
However, there are a few specific things: An image or a circumstance that a child doesn’t comprehend isn’t beneficial to them. For most children under the age of two, television is merely a form of entertainment, which can be helpful for parents but not for the child. Even more detrimental to their development is that when children are staring at screens, they’re not engaging in activities that are far more beneficial to their overall well-being.
“3 Cs”: content, context, and the particular child are the three elements to keep in mind while considering your child’s screen usage, according to New America Foundation researcher Lisa Guernsey.
Smartphones, tablet computers, and other touch displays are causing parents to worry about how much time their children spend using them. Despite the remarkable ease with which youngsters can currently operate these new technologies, academics are unsure of the long-term effects these tools have on children’s development beyond simple diversion and amusement. However, we must keep in mind the importance of free play and socialization for young children.
Mobile devices can be a way for teenagers to isolate themselves from their peers. It’s important to remember that even when your children are small, you are a role model for technology use. Having a teenager who doesn’t text at dinner is possible if you don’t allow yourself to be distracted by your phone at the dinner table.
Although the results have been widely contested, studies have linked attention impairments and other social and emotional difficulties to the amount of time spent staring at screens and the frantic pace of some television programming. Some instructional computer programs and television shows, on the other hand, can be suitable for children if parents keep an eye on how much time they take up and pay attention to the content and context.
From the convenience of your own house, you can take courses.
Distance learning for children under the age of 10 may seem like a joke, but it is a fact that will play a more significant role in the educational life of a child. School districts across the country provide a wide range of online alternatives, from specialized classes for older children to whole K-12 curricula.
Negative and positive reviews have been posted on TripAdvisor about the vacation. School-age children have difficulty learning from a computer because they aren’t interacting with their peers. There are many advantages to online education, but parents must be involved to ensure that their children don’t miss out on them because they are not in a classroom full of other students.
Your Child’s Use of the Internet: A Guide for Parents
Bullying on the Internet and social media
It’s no secret that the social connections we want our children to master are increasingly being mediated by technological means. As many as 5 million children under the age of 10 are believed to be on Facebook, violating the site’s age policy. Because of this, it’s never too early to start talking to your children about how they interact in virtual communities.
Disconnecting from human contact can lead to impulsiveness, insensitivity, and the tendency to say things you wouldn’t know in real-life situations. On the other hand, because kids are less able to contextualize what they read online, comments can significantly impact their lives.
It doesn’t appear like cyberbullying is more common than “conventional” bullying, but it’s easy to understand how the two may combine to cause havoc.
As soon as possible, don’t wait till your youngster is online:
- That a stranger might be a stranger in any place.
- To pause before you share
- Meanness isn’t made any less offensive by remaining anonymous.
- Report anything suspicious you come across.
It’s essential to recognize that as young people move their lives online, the indications of psychological distress are migrating with them. As a parent, it’s your job to keep an eye out for signs of discouragement, an obsessive focus on her appearance, or strange ideas and statements, among other things, when you’re keeping an eye on your child online.
The Internet and sex
Younger children are increasingly being given mobile phones by their parents to establish a trusting relationship with them. Teens avoid difficulty because they know they have to get in touch with their parents; thus, teaching youngsters to keep in touch early pays off.)
However, both young and old aren’t immune to sexually explicit content making its way into their mobile phones and the Internet. There is a good chance that your child may see sexual images at some point in his or her life. Doing nothing isn’t an option. The simplest solution is to start communicating as soon as possible and keep doing so.
Discussing pornography with your children is as important as talking about sex in general with them at an early age and in a developmentally and age-appropriate manner. A few things to keep in mind:
A porn performer is not supposed to look natural. Nobody should be surprised if they appear that way.
Similarly, porn sex isn’t genuine — it’s a fabrication. When it comes to sexuality, it’s the “fast food” version People don’t talk to each other like this in real life.
Genuine relationships might be damaged by the false expectations and uncomplicated sex depicted in pornography. When it comes to actual sex, you may also expect real feelings.
A Revolutionary Era
For the most part, the digital era has been a boon for kids. When families are spread out across the country, modern technologies allow them to stay connected like never before. There is a wealth of knowledge available to curious young people on the Internet. New friends and new groups are open to kids who have difficulty “fitting in” with others in their town via the Internet.
Until time has gone, we won’t be able to accurately assess the long-term impacts of the current communication revolution. While nostalgic for “the good old days,” history demonstrates that people are adaptable and children are strong. The current media landscape has shaped your children’s lives. Parents are expected to keep up with what’s going on, give excellent counsel, and model common sense—just like good parents have done for generations.
- Take a tour of the Child Mind Institute.
- It’s Mental Health Awareness Week for Children!
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