Croatian Radiotelevision: “How to Take Care of the Mental Health of Children in the Age of Coronavirus”

A part of the show Good Morning Croatia dedicated to mental health were hosted a Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center’ psychologist Mia Roje Đapić about mental health of children and young people in the coronavirus era. It  was aired on April 24, 2020:

“How can this be endured?” asked the presenter Sanja Kocijančić.

– What we know helps us out of some previous crises, helps us with social support and the feeling that we are not alone, helps us talk to each other and normalize our reactions. When we are alone, we are closed, so we are afraid, so it is difficult, it seems to us that we are just that, said Roje Đapić, adding that it helps and that we are not flooded with information all the time because there is a lot of news that is sensationalist.

– So, avoid this kind of content, Roje Đapić said.

At the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center, says Roje Đapić, it was often said that young people were too much in front of small screens, and now the paradox has happened – these screens are the only way to socialize, even to learn and to do their schoolwork.

Psychologist, Igor Mikloušić, PhD, from Croatian Studies, said that from 2010 to 2012, a negative trend was observed, and the number of negative psychological consequences in people, especially teenagers, began to increase, which was correlated with spending more time in front of screens and online.

– The Internet has become more and more involved in every corner of our lives, Mikloušić said, adding that new research has emerged that shows that the effects may not be as negative.

What is negative is what needs to be determined and what can have positive effects. Passive use of social networks can have negative consequences, but active participation in some way protects and mitigates these negative consequences, explained Mikloušić.

Parents are advised to keep an eye on the content their children access and the time they spend online, but Roje Đapić points out that the older the child, the less they will be able to control them.

She also told citizens not to seek psychological help – there are plenty of phones, please get in touch. ”


Source: HRT:

Disclaimer: This is unofficial translation provided for information purposes. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center cannot be held legally responsible for any translation inaccuracy. 

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