The Royal College of Psychiatrists are urging Psychiatrists to look into social media use when assessing children. In particular to focus on the following areas:-
harmful content, especially material which could impact on an existing mental illness, such as self-harm photos or images which promote eating disorders
how problematic technology use could be related to problems with sleep, poor academic performance, low mood and behavioural or eating difficulties
how conditions such as depression or eating disorders may make children more likely to spend too long online or use technology in a way that is harmful
You can find out more here
Perhaps you are concerned about your child’s internet use? Are you wondering how you may be able to limit their use or change their internet habits?
If you wish to discuss this further or other issues concerning your child’s mental health, please feel free to contact me.
I am a child and adolescent psychotherapist (UKCP Registered); a counsellor; arts and play therapist based in Arundel, covering Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. You can contact me here.