The world we currently live in is fast moving and technology is making the world move even faster.
It’s actually crazy to think that many of our young people actually don’t have any idea what life was like without the internet or social media. It would be a very interesting study to take them back to my childhood when technology was limited to just the television, radio and a landline telephone. Yes, remember those? A fixed telephone in the home where everybody could hear your conversations. Privacy didn’t exist back in those days, but I actually don’t think that was such a bad thing. I do wonder how the youth of today would cope without all the social media of today.
I feel our young people today are in a position that is enviable in some ways. They have the entire world in the palm of their hands. However, on the end of the spectrum I wonder if this is making some of them live a life that has become insular, so much so that they’re withdrawing from their friends and family because they believe their friends are now faceless people on social media. I am now beginning to question now if this technological world our kids are growing up in is harmful to their mental health and giving them mental health issues.
So here are a few tips that I think could be useful to help our young people stay healthy mentally.
Communication with our children and young people is vital. As parents or responsible adults we need to educate and teach our young minds from a very early age, that yes, the internet is a great thing that our children can learn from, but it has dark sides as well. Educating our children to use the internet with responsibility is so important so that they don’t get lost in an online world that can cause long term mental health problems. It’s important to always keep the line of communication open to our children.
2. Social Media. Yes, It Can Be fake
It’s important to teach our children that not everything on social media is true, and just because you have read or seen something online that doesn’t make it necessarily make it true. Show them how to spot something that is not honest or in some cases is dangerous for them. Also let them know that if they are not sure about something they can come and ask for your advice without being judged or criticised.
The stigma that surrounds mental health is still around today, and one of the biggest reasons that young people wont talk if they are suffering from any sort of mental health is the feeling of embarrassment. We need to talk to our young people and let them know that there is no embarrassment if they are suffering mentally. Let them know that it’s ok and that you can help.
4. Online Help
For all the reassurance that you can give your children about being there to listen to them, sometimes it will still will be a problem for them to open up. In order to reassure them you could show them some reputable therapy websites that can help them and they can do this in the comfort of their own home. This means that initially if they feel embarrassed, it should make them more comfortable being in familiar surroundings.
The world is changing It is fast moving and our young people are trying to keep up, but we must remember that sometimes the pressure on the youth of today to achieve is huge, and sometimes they can get left behind which can lead to low self esteem, vulnerability and not knowing where they fit in, in today’s society. This can lead to mental health issues.
What tips do you have to protect our young people and keep them mentally healthy? I would love to hear in the comments below.
This is a collaborative post.