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Our digital world has divided parents and their children

Impact of digital technology on children and adults

One of the world’s leading authorities on mental health of children warned now, before the consequences of the Dgitalisierung for the development of children. Through all the digital influences the relationship between adults and children is deteriorating. This impact particularly on what children actually learn from adults and parents.

Peter Fonagy, a Professor of contemporary psychoanalysis and developmental science at UCL, has published more than 500 scientific articles and 19 books, has warned now that the digital world, the contact time between the generations, shortening – a development with potentially harmful consequences. Fonagy is also the chief Executive of the Anna Freud by the National Centre for Children and Families, a charity for mental health. The Professor has studied over half a century, the development of children, and is therefore rightly considered an expert in this field.

Children and adults together to spend ever less time. This means that children learn less and less of adults. Blame it on our digital media. (Image: Focus Pocus LTD/

The Negative impact of the digital world

Professor Fonagy is reported, that, for example, emotional disorders in young women between the ages of 14 and 19 years have become very much more common. In addition, the number of admissions to emergency rooms have increased self-damage to massive. In recent years, in addition, there is always more problems with outbreaks of violence of adolescent boys. Due to this effect on the impact of our today’s digital world? With Smartphones and Social Media, everything is for young people to be much more complex and it is difficult to correct with these factors. The new technology does not have only bad sides. Technology could, for example, help people with mental health problems to access specific resources and to get help quickly, if this should be necessary.

Young people are trained by other young people?

The Professor further explained that he had the impression that young people generally have less contact with older people than in the past. Teenagers and young people, for example, focused through Social Media more and more to other young people, some of which are their role models and learn from and their behavior to adopt. With other words: The so-called socialization agents for young people is another young person. Our brain is not created but.

People like to spend a lot of time with friends on the Internet

The brain is designed, that a young man of an older person is socialized and in its development. In the digital age today, many people spend more time with friends on the Internet, since the common dinner then, for example, with the family. The digital world itself is not the Problem, but rather what the digital influences the people. This time is especially difficult for children, they should be educated that they are more resistant to the environment in which they grow and live, explains Professor Peter Fonagy in the English periodical The Guardian.

Connection between adults and children is getting worse and worse

The connection between children and adults have eased since the times of the second world war, but this easing has become in the last few years, much stronger. Today’s society to transfer the children more responsibility, so that they can determine their future themselves, without the necessary support to make the right decisions for your life. Parents advise the children to attend a good University, in order to have a successful and beautiful life. We say to our children, your future lies in your hands, but we often give you no real choice. It is rare for a variety of career be viewed by the parents, could have on our children. Often is not sure what would please the children. For many parents, it is only important that the child attends a University.

The minimum age for certain content on the Internet?

The 66-year-old Fonagy, for example, supports the decision to set a minimum age for access to Internet pornography to introduce, he fears that this is already having an impact on the development of children. Children are nowadays less promiscuous than they used to, they deal more with pornography, which is quite worrying, because this will affect in the future, the birth rates, adds the Professor. (as)