Analysis

What effect is the digital world having on our young people?

Concerns grow for well-being of children as survey reveals easy and accidental access to pornographic, self-harm and suicide websites.
Child internet

In a bid to better understand the effect of the digital world on young people’s well-being and mental health, Parent Zone – a schools and family support organisation – consulted young people aged 13 to 20 about the issue.

Overall, the adolescents surveyed did not see the internet as being bad for health. Picture: Alamy

The research and subsequent report was prompted by growing concerns from schools about the effect of the internet on young people’s mental health.

An online survey saw 119 teachers and 220 young people respond. To improve the georgraphical reach it was also sent to schools, youth clubs and groups in London, Hull, Lincoln and Cheshire. School staff, including nurses, were interviewed and the views of 40 young people were sought in focus groups.

Ongoing concerns

Parent Zone’s report The Perfect Generation: Is the Internet Undermining Young People’s Mental Health? was

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