Over the years, technology has begun to play an increasing role in the lives of all Americans. More people are working remotely, using social media to further their businesses, and enjoying the internet as a vehicle to keep in touch with loved ones.
There are also far more children on the internet than there were in previous times. This, in and of itself, is raising some concerns. Unfettered access to the internet can have all sorts of negative impacts on kids, many of which have yet to be fully discovered.
Unfortunately, as the rise of American children having more and more screen time plays out, the Chinese Communist Party is apparently taking a more serious role in limiting screen time for kids.
An Important Message For Parents
According to findings from the Ethics and Public Policy Center, along with the Institute for Family Studies, there’s a connection between the rise of young people facing mental health issues and the growing presence of social media in their lives.
This comes after data tracking between 2011 and 2019.
Meanwhile, in communist China, there are mandates that bar children from spending more than 60 minutes per day on the internet. On top of that, this one hour of internet time is only permissible on weekends.
From surging rates of depression to suicide, American adolescents and their families are paying a heavy mental and emotional price for their use of social media. https://t.co/YupJiiHBtk @FamStudies @EPPCdc
— Inst. Family Studies (@FamStudies) September 1, 2022
Furthermore, children in China are not allowed to use cell phones while attending school. In order for these kids to even have their phones on school grounds, to begin with, there has to be written consent from parents provided to the school.
Phone apps that are targeted towards kids in preschool are prohibited in China as well.
How Parents Can Protect Their Children
Amid the rise of mental health issues, online predators, and growing dangers, there are concise measures parents can take to protect their children.
These measures include filters that ban access to unapproved websites, not allowing children on screens 60 minutes before bedtime, and only allowing access to computers in the family room of a home.
The FBI recommends that all parents with children who have access to online content talk to their kids about the potential dangers of the internet. https://t.co/NuPXrUrQHY
— WEAU 13 News (@WEAU13News) September 5, 2022
Between sleep deprivation, thoughts of suicide, and depression materializing among children with online access, this indicates a clear need to fix how they’re dealing with the internet.
Ultimately, we can all do better than the Chinese Communist Party in protecting the mental health of children with access to the internet.