In­ter­net can be har­nessed for youth good

Pilbara News - - News - Kim Macdon­ald

The in­ter­net has been widely blamed for un­der­min­ing young peo­ple’s men­tal health, but the newly ap­pointed thinkerin-res­i­dence at the Chil­dren’s Com­mis­sion says it can also be ben­e­fi­cial.

E-men­tal health ad­vo­cate Pro­fes­sor Jane Burns said while on­line bul­ly­ing was preva­lent, young peo­ple had a close re­la­tion­ship with their com­put­ers and iPads that could be utilised to re­search and reach at-risk youths.

Com­mis­sioner for Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple Colin Pet­tit said Pro­fes­sor Burns would work with Gov­ern­ment departments and or­gan­i­sa­tions to high­light how young peo­ple’s use of tech­nol­ogy could be har­nessed to cre­ate in­no­va­tions in men­tal health ser­vice de­liv­ery across WA.

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