Posted October 06, 2018 08:29:31 If you’ve ever had a meltdown over a YouTube video, you’ve probably seen some variation of the “YouTube is so dumb, and my child is going to watch it” meme.
But what if the only reason your child was exposed to the video was because someone thought they were going to ruin it for him?
It’s an understandable concern.
But there’s another side to the issue: a disturbing new study found that, while the internet is a big part of our lives, it’s also a big contributor to our cognitive and social stress levels.
As one psychologist explained to ABC News, “We live in a world that is being watched.
So the more we’re exposed to it, the more vulnerable we become to it.”
But the problem isn’t limited to the internet.
The report, published in the journal Child Development, also found that children who were exposed to an image of their own parents were more likely to experience mental health issues than children who didn’t see their parents.
The researchers compared how many times people in a group watched the same photo as a parent and a child in the same age group and gender.
The results showed that children exposed to a parent’s face were more than three times more likely than those not to see the face to report anxiety, depression, and social isolation.
What this means is that kids who spend a lot of time with their parents aren’t getting the chance to interact with them as much as kids who have the same relationship with their friends.
And when it comes to the impact of the internet, children who are exposed to lots of content, particularly videos, are more likely and more likely for that content to impact their cognitive development.
The findings suggest that “the most vulnerable members of our society are also the ones most likely to be impacted,” said study author Daniel D. Kukla, an assistant professor of child development at the University of Pittsburgh.
“We are living in a time when our brains are developing in ways that are really at odds with the world around us.”
The study, which looked at data from over 1,300 U.S. children ages 4 to 18, found that exposure to negative online images was a key factor in children’s psychological health problems.
The research team, which included Dr. Kuczmo and her co-author, Jennifer M. Seltzer, also discovered that the most effective way to prevent internet exposure was to avoid it altogether.
Children who avoided the internet were more apt to develop anxiety, conduct risky behaviors, have lower self-esteem and be less likely to feel safe in social settings.
“What happens when we prevent the internet?”
“Our brain is not wired in a way to be sensitive to the way we’re interacting with the internet.”
The researchers also found evidence that “when we are exposed [to] a negative image of a parent, the brain changes to a way that makes us less likely for the parent to feel that he or she is loved by us.”
That’s one of the ways the researchers suggest we can prevent the negative effects of the online world.
“If we are very careful about how we’re using technology, and we don’t use it to do bad things, we can actually help our children to feel more loved and safe,” said Kuczo.
“It’s about making sure that we are careful with our interactions with our children and that we don.t create a world where we are less safe.”
The research also found a link between the online environment and children’s mental health.
The children who watched more negative videos were more prone to anxiety and depression, according to the study.
In other words, the video can trigger anxiety and depressive symptoms that later in life can lead to later mental health problems, which can be very hard for kids to overcome.
How do you think kids and teens can improve their mental health online?
Do you think online interaction is a cause for anxiety and other psychological issues for your child or teen?
What other research have you found to support the idea that the internet can lead kids to experience depression?
You can read more about the study here: http://bit.ly/2lH9g1O