Parental mental disorders – risks to the development and protection of the well-being of the child

Almost every third adult has a mental disorder during their lifetime. About two-thirds of women and over half of men who have a mental disorder are parents. Research show that between 17.0% and 37.3% of children in the general population have parents with a mental disorder. Children of parents with a mental disorder are two to thirteen times more likely to develop a mental health problem than their peers whose parents do not have a mental disorder. Younger children are the most vulnerable, but the risk for children of parents with mental disorders for negative psychosocial outcomes is present at all stages of development. The impact of a parent's mental disorder on the child is complex and results from the interaction of genetic, biological and environmental factors.
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Safer Internet Day 2020: Let’s start with priorities

Safer Internet Day 2020: Let’s start with priorities

We adults often wonder, discuss, and debate how much possibilities the modern world of technology has brought to us, and how much risk. Discussions always end with the conclusion that we have good and bad sides, just as many as we can find. Although we can oppose the internet, screens and technologies, their impact on children and young people, we can strongly advocate that generations without cell phones and internet access have lived much better and healthier lives, but despite numerous arguments we cannot dispute the fact that we continue to live in a world where screens exist, in which it takes less than a second for a message on one of the social networks to reach a friend who lives on the other end of the globe. For children and young people, screens have become companions on the road to growing up. Preschoolers are about two and a half hours a day on screens, older children and adolescents 3 to 5 hours a day, and every fifth adolescent is more than 5 hours a day - that is a fact that even relentless statistics fail to cover up.
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Depression in children and adolescents

The truth is that depression does not affect only adults, but children and adolescents, too. Depression is a disease as are diabetes, or high blood pressure. It is believed to be the disease of the future. World Health Organisation estimates that it will soon become the second public health issue in the world.

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GROWING UP ON THE INTERNET: Restoring childhood safety

Nowadays generations of children and youth are growing up immersed in the virtual world. Their constant connection to the Internet has been confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb. It shows that 99% of the youth have an access to the Internet, and that as many of them as 84% access the Internet via their mobile phones. High percentage (93) of children have a profile on Facebook, and 68% of them opened a profile before they were 13.

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GROWING UP ON THE INTERNET: Restoring childhood safety

Nowadays generations of children and youth are growing up immersed in the virtual world. Their constant connection to the Internet has been confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb. It shows that 99% of the youth have an access to the Internet, and that as many of them as 84% access the Internet via their mobile phones. High percentage (93) of children have a profile on Facebook, and 68% of them opened a profile before they were 13.

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