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The reliance on digital technology has fuelled concerns from parents, teachers, governments and young people themselves that digital technologies and social media are exacerbating feelings of anxiety and depression, disturbing sleep patterns, leading to cyber-bullying and distorting body image. In response to these and other concerns, some
countries are taking action. Legislation prevents Korean children from playing online games that require a resident registration number between midnight and 6am without parental permission; while the Government of the United Kingdom is reviewing how social media affect children’s wellbeing, as well as how much screen time is healthy.
Schools should develop digital literacy, providing young people with digital skills to recognise risks such as cyber-bullying and excessive use of social media, as well as strengthening emotional resilience, empathy and reaching out. A systematic review of classroom-based body image programs found those which were effective were conducted
among younger adolescents and included activities focusing on media literacy, self-esteem and the influence of peers (Yager et al., 2013). Resource : Children-and-Young-People-Mental-Health-in-the-Digital-Age
Effects of Social Media and Need for Digital Detox : APA’s Survey Finds Constantly Checking Electronic Devices Linked to Significant Stress for Most Americans. APA stands for American Psychological Association.