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Thoughts about smartphones, social media and possible effects on young people and their mental health and well-being

Are Smartphones making our children mentally ill?
Over the last several years I have noticed an increase in the amount of our students who come to see me who self-injure/harm and talk openly about wanting to die.  Some have even planned how they are going to carry out this act.  This is a worrying and heart breaking trend and one on which I have pondered as to what is at the root of children’s unhappiness.  An unhappiness to such an extent that some of our children and young people are cutting, taking pain killers, drugs or using alcohol as a response to the way they are feeling. What is happening in our society that might be attributing to this shift?  One question being asked over the last few years is, ‘to what extent is the use of smartphones playing in the well-being and mental health of our young people’?

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The curriculum is the framework on which sits everything we do in school. It combines everything that is planned and delivered in lessons with other learning opportunities in school. Through the curriculum we develop students’ knowledge, skills and understanding, ensure that we have a coherent structure, and prepare our students for their lives beyond school.

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Understanding the Process and Need for Change 

The tire goes flat and we change it. The light bulb burns out and we change (replace) it. We change our clothes for weather, events or hygienic reasons. We change our tone or our word choice depending on who we are speaking to. Change happens every day. We change for obvious reasons and subtle reasons too. Yet, as much as we experience change for all the right reasons, big changes make us uncomfortable and may even scare us. Change forces us to examine our own beliefs and practices and alter what we "normally" do. It is based on the belief that something better exists or can be done more effectively. For some, that leads to the perception that what they are doing now is of poor quality or wrong. While that may be true, it more likely means that even though what they are doing may be good, it could be better. And if it's already great, then we are compelled to ask, how can we continue to be great?

Article originally taken from the Teaching and Learning Consulting Network

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