Re: Consider internet use when assessing young people’s mental health
Dr Sornarajah is correct that it is helpful to have an understanding of how a young person (or anybody for that matter) is using the internet and how it might be affecting their mental health. It is, however, worth bearing in mind that for many people the internet - including social media - acts as a resource that can have a positive value. So a full discussion also involves eliciting perceived benefits and exploring what the individual makes of the different contents they find online. Rather than seeing internet use solely as a source of toxic exposure to harmful content, the exchange then becomes more likely to be therapeutic - encouraging active and critical engagement with content.
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