Sharing – Screen Time Shenanigans For Your Mental Health

Sharing – Screen Time Shenanigans For Your Mental Health

I’m linking to this not because I think we should all give up on finding a better balance between screen time and in-person time but because I want to remind all of us that simply taking away screens from someone struggling or kids is possibly taking away a lifeline, too. There are dangerous things out here on the internet, but there are also a lot of good, positive experiences.

Sharing – Positive Childhood Experiences Protect Against Depression in Teens

Sharing – Positive Childhood Experiences Protect Against Depression in Teens

I have often said the best defense against childhood sexual abuse is raising kids who have open, supportive, adults in their lives because they aren’t as vulnerable and easily manipulated. It turns out those same relationships are improving their mental well-being too. Let’s do more of that.

Are Active Shooter Drills Harming Kids Mental Health?

Are Active Shooter Drills Harming Kids Mental Health?

But what is the least harmful way to deal with that? What is the least harmful way to inform kids of the wars in Ukraine and Gaza? What is the least harmful way to prepare kids for the natural disasters that seem only to get worse each year?

I don’t know. What I do know is that dealing with all of this is hard and only part of the causes of increased needs for youth mental health. Our current mental health system failed many people for years when the need wasn’t this high. What we are doing isn’t working. Continuing to do the same thing won’t work. Fighting against increased funding and availability of resources won’t work. Hiding our heads in the sand and saying, “not my kid,” won’t work. This is a society-wide problem that will require societal change. I am not sure we are willing to make those changes, but an entire generation of kids will pay the price for that unwillingness.

Sharing – Study finds no “smoking gun” for mental health issues due to Internet usage

Sharing – Study finds no “smoking gun” for mental health issues due to Internet usage

When we rush to do something for the children, there’s a long history of implementing changes that do not help children. Running out to block teens from using social media might also cut them off from the only source of support they have, especially kids who do not have support at home from their parents. Creating age verification requirements threatens our privacy and creates unlimited risks for identity theft. Rushing to do something because a few studies show a possible mental health risk is dangerous.