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The digital world is tough, and kids need to be taught how to ...

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The digital world is tough, and kids need to be taught how to survive it

It’s good to protect children from cyberbullying, but also equip them to be digitally resilient, urge experts

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The Covid-19 pandemic and the digital revolution have led to an exponential rise in technology and internet use.

While growing up in a digital world has offered children opportunities, including education, social interaction and online support, child health experts say this has exposed many young people to hurtful experiences and cyber bullying resulting in a sea of mental health challenges.

In the latest Child Gauge penned by the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, apart from digital technology’s influence on children’s ability to interact with others in “real life”, too much time spent on social media has resulted in mental health challenges such as depression, self harm and suicide...

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