Friday, May 16, 2014

Spending too much time online 'causing mental illness in children'

Spending too much time online is causing mental illness in children government health advisers have warned.

Loneliness, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and heightened aggression are some of the possible issues faced by children who may overuse the internet.

Public Health England (PHE) says there is an association between the amount of time spent on social media sites and "lower levels of well-being", the Daily Mail reports.

The newspaper said the link becomes striking when children spend more than four hours a day in front of a screen - but it kicks in even at very low levels of use.

A PHE report says improvements in children's wellbeing over the past two decades had now been "curtailed and may be in reverse".

One in 10 children now has a mental health issue, and a third of teenagers feel "low, sad or down" at least once a week, the Mail said. Full story...

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