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Social media 'impacting on children's mental health'

Social media 'impacting on children's mental health'

Young people's mental health is being affected by their use of social media, it has been suggested.


According to research from the American Academy of Pediatrics, paediatricians are often hearing from parents who are concerned about their child's use of social media and technology.


Indeed, problems with cyberbullying, 'sexting' [sending provocative text messages] and time management were all areas cited as problematic.


Meanwhile, Lucie Russell from charity YoungMinds said that some of these issues can "lead to depression and other mental health problems".


However, she explained that social networking does not in itself lead to depression in young people, "but it can contribute to it".


The director of campaigns, policy and participation noted that social networking can be "very isolating" if it is not properly combined with face-to-face interaction as well.


According to the Mental Health Foundation, around ten per cent of children have a mental health problem.

© Adfero Ltd


Private mental health treatment news: 6 April 2011