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Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Diseases Department faculty member Dr. Çilem Bilgi said, “It has been shown that the stress associated with Covid-19 significantly increases the use of social media and the time spent in front of television. In other words, screens and the internet have become a means of soothing people ”.
KTU Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Diseases Department Faculty Member Dr. Çilem Bilgi noted that while the Covid-19 pandemic changed many orders in human life, the change in children’s lives was alarming. Stating that the time spent on the computer and the internet before the epidemic was broken, Dr. Çilem Bilginer said, “Children have become handed over to listening to lectures on the screen for a long time, indirectly using uncontrolled internet, by the hands of their parents. In this process, many factors such as uncertainty, changing order in the home, working life of the parents, sleep / wake cycle, decreased physical activity, changes in eating patterns or contamination anxiety related to the disease, loss of relatives, new anxieties that occur by negatively affecting the mental health of the child, new behavioral problems. revealed. It was observed that children who had problems such as ‘Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder’ before the pandemic had more difficulties in adapting to distance education and increased use of problematic technology, ”he said.
‘SCREENS HAVE BECOME A TOOL OF SOOTHING ITSELF’
‘A SCREEN ADDICTED GENERATION IS WAITING US’
Stating that the new young generation, defined as ‘Z’ and ‘Alpha Generation’, does not know a life without internet, Bilginer said, “It would not be the right behavior to completely isolate these children from technological developments and to create an environment of conflict with sentences that start as” in our time “. However, for a healthy emotional and behavioral development and even a healthy physical development, I invite all families to follow scientific guidelines first. Otherwise, a screen addicted generation awaits us. Set an example for your children for a healthy generation, determine the media rules that everyone will follow at home. For example; “Turn off all media at mealtime, bedtime, parent-child play time, say goodbye to your phones for a while,” he said.