A recent survey published by Kosair Children’s Hospital showed that 1 in 4 parents is concerned about their children’s mental health. In part, that’s because today’s youth are dealing not just with traditional conflicts such as peer pressure, hormones and puberty, but also with the pressures that come from social media and the availability of information on the internet.
Dr. Kenneth Pearson, a pediatrician with Norton HealthCare, said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville that he often sees children who are bored with life and hopeless. He adds that bullying that takes place online is a difficult thing for a young person to deal with.
“If those kids have a parent without coping skills, then the teen has no one to learn from,” said Dr. Pearson. “And social media plays a role. Social media is making kids less able to interact face-to-face and express their feelings, and pick up body language. Posting vs. in-person interaction is a less effective communication.”
The survey also revealed that 48.9 percent of middle school students reported being bullied at school. And among high school students, 1 in 4 reported feeling sad or hopeless.