The Battle to Save My Daughters Life
Up to this point the chat had been friendly, it was a large group of them in Year 7, and they chatted about football and the like. I n the playground those sorts of comments might be laughed off, or sorted out at the time, but post them on giant messaging groups, facilitated by social media platforms like WhatsApp, and the taunts feel far more humiliating because they reach so many so quickly and are written down in black and white.
We confiscated his phone for a month, and I noticed he was suddenly more engaged in football and board games. W hen I gave my daughter Louisa my old iPhone in Year 6, with no sim, I naively thought she would just play a few games. When she started Year 7, the chat groups became less benign, with girls calling each other unpleasant names and ranking each other.
It started as a joke, but ended up being very upsetting for those who found themselves placed at the bottom. Schools have an opportunity here to smoke this out, and to talk to them about what is right. S chools are doing a good job of educating children about online safety, but as yet there seems to be little advice given on how to behave as a good digital citizen.
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If you can, try to avoid giving your child a phone until secondary school. Streaks are the darkly ingenious way the platform keeps your teen engaged. Snapchat like all social media channels is addictive. Being a teenager is difficult enough without worrying about your social standing. News, MailOnline and more without subscribing, which might explain the skew in interest towards the Kardashians rather than, say, North Korea.
S napchat and Instagram is also how young people communicate. It can also spread bad information, not to mention product placement. This is a moment for setting limits and a discussion to encourage critical thinking. Teens are savvy and once you explain to them that they are a consumer pawn for internet giants to make money out of advertising and data, and that many of the influenc-ers they follow are paid to promote products, they start to wise up. L ast week a head teacher at a London primary school told me he had observed that boys who were playing online games brought increased aggression into the playground.
Her son is now 21, but his gaming addiction started in primary school, and by the time he was 14 he was gaming for up to five hours a day. But they told us it was normal, so after our meeting we thought we were maybe overreacting. We tried to understand what he was getting out of it.
Well, he was rather good at it, it was giving him street cred with his friends, and playground recognition.
Y et the addiction got worse and he became increasingly withdrawn and aggressive. Desperate, Amber and her husband tried turning their Wi-Fi off at But their son would sneak in when they were asleep, and by the morning it was back on. They saw therapists and counsellors, but nothing worked, their son would always find a way to game. By the sixth form, he was skipping school and going to gaming hubs for the entire day.
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He was also playing online and staying up all night to compete in different time zones. It impacted on the whole family and overshadowed everything. His gaming friends would talk to each other online in the most awful language, which he would repeat. He did everything he could to make us miserable when we tried to limit it.
But even though he has now given up gaming, he has replaced it with online gambling. Could she have done anything differently? She suffers from severe depression and has attempted to take her own life three times — most recently, this past November. After her last attempt, she said she felt very different than before.
Instead, she has committed to getting herself in a better state of mental health and is currently a patient at a crisis stabilization unit at a local psychiatric hospital. We are all praying that she will win this fight. THE COST Aside from the obvious emotional stress one has to endure when a loved one is struggling with depression, there is also a great financial burden.
Over the years Kelly and Charles have tapped into as many mental health services as they have been able to find, most of which have not been covered by insurance. Despite working full-time and taking on numerous side jobs, they have had to give up their home. This fall, Kelly took an extended leave of absence from her job so she could be at home to support and watch over her daughter.
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The doctors require payment at the time of service, while the insurance companies take months or even years to reimburse, if at all. Several years ago, they took in a teenage boy who had been abandoned by his family and who has since become like a son to them.
They helped another young man get through high school and guided him through the college application process. We have been doing our best to offer emotional support, but now realize that may not be enough as their bills continue to mount. We decided to setup this gofundme campaign to raise money to help offset the extraordinary cost of fighting mental illness over the years and the future cost of care as they start their new journey down the road to recovery fingers crossed!
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