Adolescent social networking: Should parents and teachers be worried?

Dr. Mark D. Griffiths is a Professor of Gambling Studies and Daria J. Kuss is a doctoral researcher in the area of online addictions. They are both at the International Gaming Research Unit, Nottingham Trent University. In the latest issue of the journal Education and Health they pose the question,"Adolescent social networking: Should parents and teachers be worried?" Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of media stories about social networking. This has also led to a recent upsurge in the amount of empirical research being carried out. Of particular interest is their use by children and adolescents, and to what extent their use is seen as problematic. The article examines the issue of social networking in relation to young people.

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Thank you for following up with schools the comments that caused concern. It is very sad to hear that some of our children have these thoughts and feelings and I am so grateful that you were able to make the schools aware of this so that they can attempt to offer some support.

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