Modern day problems
MODERN LIFE A STRESS, SAYS AUTHOR
Maggie Dent has given local parents a lesson on the potentially damaging effects of modern life on growing children.
PARENTING author and educator Maggie Dent took to St Columba’s Catholic Primary School in South Perth last month to give parents and teachers a lesson on the potentially damaging effects of modern life on growing children.
Ms Dent, an author of seven books, said the constant focus on academic results and pressures of formalised learning from such a young age could disadvantage children and cause them to suffer stress.
“The pace of life, the pressures of consumerism and the tsunami of technology that has hit modern families make it a really challenging time for parents and children,” she said.
“Children need time to grow at their own pace, time to explore and play without structure and time pressures, and without having screens to constantly distract them.”
Modern life was stealing childhood with blame placed on the constant use of screens, technology and social media and the easily accessible age inappropriate content found online.
“The rise of social media and mobile technology, the huge focus on body image and increased sexualisation are just a few things adolescents have to deal with, on top of brain and body changes that come with the bumpy ride from child to adult,” she said.
But with technology now being almost unavoidable, Ms Dent said small changes that parents could adopt would contribute enormously for children and teenagers’ ability to bounce back from life’s obstacles.
“Children need plenty of loving interaction with significant people who care for them; enormous amounts of play and the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them,” she said.