Wednesday 24 May 2017

Letters: Set limits for kids

Boy in bedroom using laptop and listening to MP3 player
Boy in bedroom using laptop and listening to MP3 player
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Emer O'Kelly's article ("Do angry teens need counsellors or just a sharp dose of reality?" Sunday Independent, 26 April) glaringly omitted a major player in today's parent-teenager relationship.

The role of screen technology in the lives of teenagers has become so dominant and influential that it has now been dubbed the 'third parent'.

As the mother of two teenagers, the extent to which 24-hour content controls and addictively seduces teenagers is significant. Porn, images of an 'ideal beauty' which young girls starve themselves to emulate, frequent uploads of videos portraying casual violence and cyberbullying, are but a selection of the content our young people are daily wading through and exposed to for hours on end.

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