How can parents encourage children to make use of the new platforms available to help manage their digital well-being?
Knowing that your child is suffering is one of the hardest things a parent ever has to deal with. Knowing that their struggle relates to mental health can be terrifying for many. As a society, we have become used to dealing with physical health, but we still struggle to talk openly about mental health.
As a parent, you can make a huge difference. Just being there, listening and supporting may seem like a small thing, but it is the most important thing you can do, and it will make a huge difference. As hard as it may be, listen without judgement, remain calm and try to see things from their perspective.
In addition, there are other things you can do to support your child. There is a huge amount of support available online, encourage and support your child to benefit from these. You may be feeling helpless, but you can help in the following ways:
Let them know they have options, online support being one of them. One size does not fit all but together you will find the resources to help.
Use your experience to seek out the trustworthy and reliable online sources. Unfortunately, not everything you find online is credible. Start with the names you recognise.
Go on the journey with them. If they need support to benefit from online tools, be alongside them and talk openly.
Above all, keep communicating and be available as their safety net online whilst they are not feeling so good.