Social Media: To Blame For Anxiety in Children?
There are now more reported cases of children suffering from anxiety. According to the NHS data, in just one year, hospitals admitted young patients who were said to be suffering from this condition. What’s more alarming is that the number increased by 43% in a span of a year.
Experts have formed this theory that the increase in number could be a direct result to social pressure, which children are now constantly exposed to. It can’t be denied that there is now an ongoing battle against bullying, where some of the bullies target their victim’s body image, which usually ends up in insecurity.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to children warned the public that their Childline service saw an increase of 35% on calls reporting cases of children with anxiety in the last twelve months. The charity also commented that children and teenagers are now feeling the impact of the disturbing events that they see on social networking sites, including the news that they see on television, examples of which were the Brexit and US elections.
Among those that reportedly suffered from anxiety, most of these were girls where they are reportedly twice as likely to have anxiety compared to boys. In the figures from 2015 to 2016, there were 7,314 anxiety cases for females while there were 3,184 in males. Children under the age of 12 are also affected where there were 2,500 reported cases. The figures shown do not include those who were not admitted for proper treatment, which means that there may be more of those who are suffering on their own. Data also shows that children who were admitted in hospitals for cutting themselves have increased in the last decade.
These reports are a clear indication that children are susceptible to the posts that they see on social media websites, a call to the public to be responsible with the things that they share on their walls.