Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, a youth mental health expert said children under 12 should be banned from using social media.
“It is as simple as that — yet I go to primary schools right across Australia and the principals are pulling their hair out because the parents aren’t enforcing this,” Dr Carr-Gregg said.
“You have got up to 60 per cent to 70 per cent of primary school kids on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and they simply do not have the neurological maturity to manage their digital footprint.
It has to Start With Parents
“We have to get that message through to parents, we have to educate them, and at the moment we are not doing enough.”
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Dr Carr-Gregg said the bullying crisis facing our children was a parent, school and community problem, reports ABC news.
“It is not going to be solved easily — what we need to be as parents is preventative,” he said.
Dr Carr-Gregg has also urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to step in and ensure children as young as five get social emotional competency training in primary school.
I totally agree! Parents need to step up now and control what their children are doing on their devices.
Make sure they understand the consequences of their actions in the online world. Do a cyber bullying course together or chat to your school about what discussions they have around cyber bullying.
Stay involved! It really does help. #stopbullyingnow
One mum of a 13-year-old girl who was told to kill herself by online bullies has called for apps that facilitate anonymous messaging to be banned. Read more HERE.
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