Today, we have noticed increase with mental health problems with children. It is very important to always talk children to know what they are thinking because nowadays due to advances in technology, children have access to all sorts of information and how each child processes these myriad of information defers fron child to child. Computer games also need to be monitored, news also need to be sensored because children percieve and process information differently. Before you gey caught up in such crisis with your children you need to intercede and intercept their thoughts and explain confusing info before you child developes irreversible psychiatric problems.
It's certainly a very different world today to when I was growing up. In many, many ways I'm grateful for the loving, attentative upbringing I had. Along with a firm sense of self, I learnt critical thinking; and to perhaps have a healthier relationship with technology, i.e. able to push the 'off' button on machines, and enjoy the people and places I'm present with at that time (or melt away into something like a book).
Certainly it is a different world, however whilst technology has some risks for children and there is a need for monitoring undoubted advantages if used appropriately . Mind you getting the right balance can be an issue. Families need to be aware but too much censorship in older children likely to breed mistrust and cause other problems. (though this will obviously differ on age group) Connecting outside of your immediate circle overall is a plus and there are new ways for learning/ entertaining young people. I think modern technology can be a benefit for those with certain disabiilities or communication issues.
Studies have shown mixed evidence regarding Mental Health.
Without technology I would probably have committed suicide It was my way to escape from reality when life was extremely harsh (I was bullied a lot and there where other circumstances I prefer to not put publicly ). Please note that my usage was not healthy at all but it was at the very least a distraction and allowed me to develop the skillset I have now
Everything tool has its benefits and downsides, in the end its up to how you use these tools. Personally I prefer to see the positive side of things
How strange as it might seen, technology probably saved my life and allowed me to restore my mental health while I wouldn't have a chance otherwise.
Thanks @SjorsK for your contribution. Sorry to hear you faced so much trouble in your younger years but certainly in your case technology was advantageous in overcoming challenges. It very much does depend on how you use the tools and some escapism is no bad thing.
Doesn’t sound strange to me, SjorsK. I think that immersion into something – whether it’s a book, tech, art, sport, or something else – can often be a refuge from many of life’s storms. Like you say, often it’s more how you use that. (Although, using narcotics/alcohol/joining a gang as a refuge probably doesn't have many positives...)
You do hear very sad stories of those who are being bullied where tech and social media serve as a way of making that abuse all-pervasive and relentless. I think back to my own struggles when I was a teen, and doubt I could've coped with not being able to shut the door on any of it. Thankfully, tech, forums and social media have only had a positive impact on me (so far at least).
There's a new diagnosis > Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD). But there has been also an increase of research publications that prove: young computer games players are even less prone to stress and depression than non-players. On the other side, we have therapeutic computer games to support mental health interventions.