As shown by a major study, social media increase the risk of mental health problems in children, writes Nick McDermott, editor of the Department of health publication the Sun.
Researchers warn that the use of social networking exposes Teens to cyber-bullying, harm sleep and prevents them to play sports.
Daily access to kids Facebook and Instagram can bring the risk of “psychological stress” 20 percent. For those who are part of the system is often four times a day or more – the risk rises to 28 percent, an increase of 40 percent.
The results of the first study showing how intensive the use of social media could harm mental health. It was attended by over 10 000 English adolescents aged 13 to 16 years.
According to experts, parents should not allow children uncontrollably worked with their phones and tablets. They should ensure that the children sleep eight to ten hours, and to insist that they get involved in sports.
According to lead researcher Professor Russell Viner of University College London, although we are fixated on social networks, we need to know about what you write and read in the social networks our children to be ready to prevent danger.
He stressed that parents need to know that half of all mental illness starts before the age of 14 years. He was supported by Dr. Louise Theodosiou of the Royal College of psychiatrists.
She added that the social media giants must do more to protect children.