World Suicide Prevention Day: Saving Children from the Claws of Internet

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 10, 2018
Quick Bites

  • The virtual world has become an inseparable part of our daily life
  • Overuse or misuse of the internet can take a toll on your teen’s health
  • Cyberbullying is a crime and those who do it must be punished
  • A person who is suicidal show signs of depression, anxiety and stress

The virtual world has become an inseparable part of our daily life and it can impact the mental health of people without them knowing about it. The internet is a very helpful platform that allows us to explore personal, social and political activities around the world. However, overuse or misuse of the internet can take a toll on your teen’s health and drive them to depression or even suicide. Here is how you can save your child from the dark side of the internet and recognize if they are suicidal:

Also read: 10 Powerful Tips to Overcome Depression

Don’t be Judgmental

Your children at this age need you to be their friend and not your parent. It is good to be a parent when they do something wrong but you need not be judgmental about something they did. Instead, let them put forward their thoughts and share their feelings before you give them a life lesson. 

Be understanding and less judgmental when dealing with your kids to gain their confidence. This will also allow them to confide in you. If the situation gets out of hands or you think that your child is depressed, then consult a professional immediately. 

Do Away with the Cyber Bullies

Once your child starts confiding in you, ask them if they have been facing some problems while on the internet. Hidden behind the screen are some strangers that only wish to wreck other people’s life. Kids at a tender age are not able to recognize the horrific reality of these people and fall prey to their schemes. 

Cyberbullying is a crime and those who do it must be punished. Make your kid understand this even before they start using the internet. Make them aware of the disadvantages of the internet so they can tackle them and if the time comes they can face them.

Keep an Eye on their Behaviour 

A person who is suicidal show signs of depression, anxiety and stress. If you notice any behavioural change, talk to them. First of all, you need to recognize if your child is suffering from depression or is suicidal. If you see any such symptoms then you must talk to them and seek help from a professional. Handle them carefully and do not scold or hit them.

Also read: About Suicide and Suicidal Attempts

Recognizing Signs of Suicide 

  • Not liking the things that they once loved
  • Feelings of worthlessness 
  • Sudden mood swings – from sad to calm to hopelessly happy 
  • Contemplating or talking about death 
  • Talking about suicide in general 
  • Loss of interest in everything 

Things that Increase the Chances of a Person Committing Suicide

  • Family violence 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Being exposed to suicidal tendencies 
  • Access to sharp object or firearms (if any in the house) 

It is important to curb the negative impact of the internet, which is only possible if everyone understands its importance. The idea is to have an understanding with your kid to help them overcome the problem of depression and feelings of suicide.

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