Ensuring digital well-being for adolescents

In today's rapidly advancing digital age, discussions surrounding digital well-being have become increasingly important, especially when considering its impact on adolescents and young people who are considered digital natives. The concept of digital well-being revolves around understanding and promoting positive mental health outcomes in the context of digital technologies and services that are commonly used by individuals of all ages.  

Date 2024-07-10 Author Romanian Safer Internet Centre Section awareness Topic media literacy/education Audience parents and carers, research, policy and decision makers, teachers, educators and professionals
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The primary focus of digital well-being is to address the potential negative effects that certain digital practices can have on one's psychological and emotional state. As technology continues to evolve and integrate more deeply into our daily lives, examining how our interactions with digital platforms, social media, and other online activities influence our overall well-being becomes essential.  

For adolescents who are particularly immersed in the digital realm, the impact of technology on mental health is a critical concern. Research has shown a correlation between excessive screen time, social media usage, and various mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem among young people. The constant exposure to curated online content, unrealistic beauty standards, cyberbullying, and comparison culture can contribute significantly to psychological distress and emotional challenges.  

As advocates for promoting digital well-being among adolescents, raising awareness about healthy technology habits, responsible digital citizenship, and the importance of maintaining a balanced approach to digital engagement is crucial. Encouraging mindful use of technology, fostering open communication about online experiences, and providing resources for coping with digital stress are essential strategies to support the mental health of young individuals in the digital age.  

By emphasising the significance of digital well-being and initiating conversations around this topic, the Romanian Safer Internet Centres aims to empower adolescents and digital natives to cultivate healthier relationships with technology. Ultimately, promoting digital well-being is not just about minimising negative impacts but also maximising the positive potential of digital tools and services to enhance overall mental health and quality of life in today's interconnected world.  

Find more information about the work of the Romanian Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline, and youth participation services, or find similar information for other Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.     

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