Keys to avoid technology dependence in young people
Technology dependence in young people is a growing problem and Christmas is one of the times when young people increase their contact with technology because they have more free time to use this type of devices and because many of the gifts they receive are connected to the network.
In this context, the team of experts from S2 Grupo, a company specialized in cybersecurity and critical systems management, has warned that it is essential to advise minors on the safe use of new technologies both to avoid falling into cybercrime networks (for example, through grooming, phishing, malware, etc.) and to avoid committing cybercrime (for example, cyberbullying) and, very importantly, to avoid psychological disorders derived from its misuse.
Technological dependence is the moment when there is already a toxic relationship between the youngest and the digital world. Currently, the challenge for parents is to know how to guide their children in this area and, for this, it is necessary to create a safe path for them. The time they spend on screens increases significantly every year and this correlates with an increase in cases of anxiety, depression and social isolation of minors.
What are the drivers of digital dependency among minors?
- The constant search for validation on social networks: because it can lead to a spiral of comparison and discontent.
- Addiction to 'likes': every 'like' and positive comment becomes a dose of validation, while the lack of these can trigger feelings of inadequacy.
- The pressure to maintain a 'perfect' image on networks, along with cyberbullying, are aspects that can trigger or exacerbate anxiety and depression.
As parents, it is vital that we are attentive to these signs and foster an environment of trust where our sons and daughters can express their concerns. Digital education is an imperative. Young people need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate cyberspace safely and responsibly.
Keys to prevent digital dependence in young people
- Establish healthy limits on the use of technology: limit its use time.
- Promote face-to-face interactions as extracurricular activities outside the home.
- Use tools such as parental control applications and software.
- Foster an environment where young people feel comfortable sharing their experiences online.
- Continuing education: provide up-to-date information on cybersecurity and ethical behavior on social networks and the Internet as well as explore cyberspace with them and show them educational websites that enrich their skills.
- Parents have to be 'role models' and be a good example of how to use technology responsibly.
S2 Grupo: Evoluciona2
Raising awareness of cybersecurity among families and vulnerable groups, such as minors, is one of the pillars of Evoluciona2, S2 Grupo's CSR program that describes the company's strategy to develop the business without losing sight of its responsibility towards the people who work in the company and society.
Evoluciona2 is a program that aims to bring together around the S2 Grupo brand another way of doing business as a distinctive and qualitative feature, advancing the company while contributing as a team to the creation of a better world. It contains more than 150 initiatives oriented through 7 axes to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): S2 Grupo employees, their families, the promotion of equality through actions in the field of women, youth, health and well-being, society and the world through sustainability and cybersecurity.