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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How to respond when our child wants to quit an extra-curricular activity

Parents often ask themselves what to do when their child announces that s/he wants to quit attending certain extra-curricular activity. Is it all right to stop attending it? When is it all right to stop attending it? What to do when s/he returns home from the extra-curricular activity (s/he until recently insisted to take up) and says "It's terrible and I don't want to go there any more!" Should we support our child and let him/her withdraw from the activity the moment s/he expresses dissatisfaction?

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