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Will Censuring Colleagues Who Work in Tech Save Kids From Screen Addiction? These Psychologists Think So

In 1991, a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco accused the company of targeting children with its “Joe Camel” ad campaign. The ads featured a cartoon camel character that the suit said lured children to become smokers. Six years later, the company settled out of court and voluntarily ended the Joe Camel campaign. This week, a [...]

By |2018-08-13T11:23:10+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Facebook and Instagram Introduce Time Limit Tool

Facebook and Instagram are releasing a new tool to limit how much time people spend on their apps. The announcement follows concerns that excessive social media use can have a negative impact on mental health. Users will now be able to check how much time they've spent scrolling, set a reminder for when they've reach [...]

Warning Over Link Between Depression and Video Game Addiction After MRI Scan Shows Proof

Psychiatrists have issued a warning over the link between depression and video game addiction, after MRI scans revealed for the first time the potential damage caused to young brains. The images showed the signals between the different parts of gaming addicts’ brains were disrupted, driving them to continue playing but also worsening their depression. The “emotional” [...]

Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Grow Up With Social Media

I’m kind of glad there was no social media around when I was a teenager … because I was a jerk. Off the top of my head I can think of half a dozen dumb-arse things I said and did that would have got me chased off the internet today, and no I’m not going [...]

Parenting In The Age Of Screens: Here’s What The Experts Do

Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines. One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn't have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new. But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So when I was interviewing dozens of them for my book The [...]

By |2018-07-30T14:15:35+00:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Amazon Alexa: is it Friends With Your Kids?

The tech giants are racing to get digital assistants into our homes - the Amazon Echo Dot currently has a 40% discount during Amazon Prime Day - but debate rages over whether they are suitable for children. There have certainly been teething problems. Toy giant Mattel abandoned its "AI babysitter", Aristotle, last year following privacy [...]

By |2018-07-30T14:15:32+00:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

5 Ways Mental Health Apps Are Messing With Our Heads

Even before you download an app to help you meditate, or to manage your depression, it's speaking to you. Apps' marketing often implies that everyday stresses should be seen as mental health issues, and that you're on your own (with the help of the app, of course) to fix whatever is wrong with you. These [...]

By |2018-07-23T15:26:37+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , |0 Comments

3 Ways to Avoid Gaming Addiction

In June, the World Health Organization recognized video game addiction as a mental health disorder. It described the addition to digital and video gaming as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior” that becomes so extensive that it ‘takes precedence over other life interests.” In a dzBB interview on Sunday, IT expert Jerry Liao [...]

By |2018-07-12T09:05:26+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Gambling, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Schools Should Ban Mobile Phones to Improve Students’ Academic Results and Mental Wellbeing

In a lifestyle change which would have seemed unbelievable a generation ago, more teenagers own a telephone than a bike. The crucible happened six years ago: 2012 was the year teen mobile phone ownership crossed the 50 per cent mark. Since then, the saturation of these hand held devices has only increased, nine out of [...]

Here’s How To Tell If Your Child Might Be Addicted To Gaming

A mum has urged the NHS to diagnose her 15-year-old son with gaming addiction, as she says he has become so consumed by online games that he has not been to school for a year. Kendall Palmer, from north London, told The Telegraph she has fought for three years to have her son’s condition recognised [...]

By |2018-06-18T17:24:29+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments