Depression in fashion - what are our children doing on Facebook?

Facebook Regulations clearly specify that only people who can register can are thirteen years old. It is debatable whether the thirteen-year-old is already capable of reasonable disposal of your personal data and privacy, but that's not the only problem. In practice, much younger kids set up accounts. Mostly with the consent and knowledge of parents.

Because the rules are there to break them

Ten- and eleven-year-olds informed about the fact that their account is illegal are making "big eyes". They remember that they lied during registrationby providing a false date of birthbut they see nothing wrong with it. "Mother knows," she allowed, besides everybody does it.

There are several reasons why parents give in: because everyone in the class has, because there you can give lessons, class schedules etc.. We underestimate the fact that here it is we gave the child a terrible lesson- we showed that you can break and ignore security rules. Is it really unpunished? Unfortunately, children use accounts not only for school-related purposes.

Timeline instead of free time

Meeting of friends. The girls are eleven years old. Laptop and smartphones are in use. The whole meeting consists of taking posed photos, placing them on the profile and commenting. The girls do not leave the room even for a moment, they do not have time for a traditional conversation, they do not want to walk together, they are too upset about watching "likes" and comments. Spouts and infantile sayings shared by little girls are slowly becoming the norm. As well as emotional exhibitionism to which younger children, especially girls, indulge. "Sad little girl", "life is cruel", "the world is overwhelming me", "I don't need anyone" - it's hard to say how much "clutter" it is and how much a real call for help. One thing is certain - depression is in vogue.

I have depression

Websites of younger teens grow like mushrooms after rain. Eleven-year-old admins wear antidepressant ambulances. In fact, these are pages full of empty, catchy slogans: turn off the phone and the Internet, I wonder who will knock on your door then. "Nobody cares," write the children. Nurturing and cultivating "sadness" on the walls can be, of course, another silly fashion, but it may very well have a serious reason. Because if a child has to resort to such methods to get the attention of others, maybe it actually has too little on a daily basis? It would be good to look seriously at what our child shares, writes and likes on Facebook. Even if it's just a sheep's rush - "because all friends like it", this is a worrying trend.

Self-harm- a higher degree of initiation

Don't cut yourself, Angel, these pages are about self-mutilation. On some of them we will find really drastic photos. Bloody, cut legs and arms, pictures from hospital beds signed: after a suicide attempt, photo from our fan. Admittedly, the administrator adds comments like: do not do it again, but it does the opposite effect. People who mutilate themselves are depicted on these pages as Angels - beings too sensitive to this world, feeling deeper and harder, original. Their mutilation ritual is intended to help them "go home" or commit suicide. This approach to the subject clearly ennobles and glorifies auto-aggression. These sites bring together thousands of girls and younger teens. They are still publishing new photos of female fans - from delicate scratches to serious wounds. Many of them are signed with the word "HELP". The pictures of injuries are often described under the pictures: unhappy love, life problems, lack of understanding, "because I have to hurt myself so as not to hurt others".