— With more kids online and using cell phones at increasingly younger ages, two issues have quickly climbed higher on the public’s list of major health concerns for children across the U. Compared with 2014, Internet safety rose from the eighth to the fourth biggest problem, ahead of school violence and smoking, in the 2015 annual survey of top children’s health concerns conducted by the C. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.Sexting saw the biggest jump, now the sixth top-ranked issue, up from thirteenth. P., director of the National Poll on Children’s Health and professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the U-M Medical School.“It’s important to understand the priorities of different communities we are trying to reach as we work to safeguard children’s health and help them live the healthiest lives they can.” While white, African American and Hispanic respondents all list childhood obesity and bullying in the top three child health issues, Hispanics list child abuse and neglect as the No. “Since we began tracking how the public rates child health problems nearly a decade ago, we have found persistent and consistent concern for child abuse and neglect,” Davis says. Other child health concerns rated as a “big problem” in 2015 for children and teens across the U. include: unsafe neighborhoods (40 percent), alcohol abuse (39 percent), sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS (38 percent), depression (38 percent), suicide (37 percent), hunger (34 percent), not enough opportunities for physical activity (31 percent), gun-related injuries (30 percent), motor vehicle accidents (30 percent), attention deficit disorder (26 percent), autism (24 percent), safety of medications (17 percent) safety of vaccines (15 percent) infant mortality (13 percent) and food allergies ( 13 percent). “This is an area we must continue to focus on in medical care, in our public health efforts and also in our health policy making.” This is the ninth year adults were asked to rate their concerns for kids’ health in the C.
Because they are often trusting, naïve, curious and eager for attention and affection, predators will target them online in order to take advantage of them.
Chat rooms can lead to private conversations, e-mails, instant messages, text messages and photo exchanges.
If your children talk in chat rooms, chances are they are talking to strangers.
The term ‘sexting’ describes the use of technology to share intimate images of yourself. The content can vary, from text messages to images of partial nudity to sexual images or videos.
Sexting often happens when a young person’s judgment has been clouded, e.g by pressure from someone else, or from the use of alcohol or drugs.