Colorado Springs, Colorado 2020-10-16 19:48:00 –
Colorado Springs — Whether at school or playing, kids are spending more time online than ever before.
Tom Kaulan, Clinical Social Work and Behavioral Health Manager, Colorado Children’s Hospital, Colorado, said: “Children spend 8 to 12 hours online a day, but now that they’re back in school online, it’s doubled. Springs.
The more time you spend online, the more opportunities you have for bullies.
“53% of 11-year-olds have smartphones, and 84% of teens,” says Caughlan.
Mr. Cowlan said the pandemic led to an increase in reports of bullying, especially cyberbullying, and that Colorado Springs also had an increase in reports of suicidal ideation and attempts.
“Here in Colorado Springs Children’s Hospital, our behavioral health care department saw a 39% increase in behavioral health care patients from August to September,” he said. “Now I’m not sure if it’s due to bullying or cyberbullying, but it’s important and needs to be considered.”
Caughlan said it’s easy for bullies to hide behind the screen and parents need to be aware that abuse can occur in any online space.
“Every app, every game you use, has a messaging component that your child can access, allowing you to anonymously and verbally abuse or bully each other,” he said.
There are several warning signs that parents can look for in their children, such as mood changes, quarantine, and tantrums when the device is taken away.
“As parents, we are very reluctant to upset or rob children of anything, which is important,” he said. “This is a new era we are in, and even 10 years ago we weren’t doing anything 12 hours a day.”
Experts do not necessarily agree with the set time limit for online activities, but agree that what is happening online is important.
“Parents should focus on monitoring content and discussing addictive parts of social media with their children. What is cyberbullying and how to actively respond to it. It helps to understand, “Caulan explained.
If you think your child is a bully, Caughlan said you need to deal with that too.
“Bullying results from anxiety, and it can be a vicious cycle because everyone in childhood and teens feels anxious, so why a child feels about himself and why it happens. It helps you understand why you’re not good and why you’re trying to do it. Spread that feeling to someone else, “he added.
Caughlan is hosting a free virtual talk for parents about bullying from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Monday, October 19th.
Book your place here!
Bullying 101 and Prevention Tips: https: //www.childrenscolorado.org/conditions-and-advice/parenting/parenting-articles/bullying-tips-prevention/
Bullying in Relationships: https: //www.childrenscolorado.org/conditions-and-advice/parenting/parenting-articles/teen-romantic-relationships/
Role in Bullying Prevention: https: //www.childrenscolorado.org/doctors-and-departments/departments/psych/mental-health-professional-resources/primary-care-articles/pediatrician-role-bullying-prevention/
How to help teens deal with a pandemic: https: //www.childrenscolorado.org/conditions-and-advice/parenting/parenting-articles/teen-tips-coronavirus/