“The major health issues that people are most worried about for children across the country reflect the health initiatives providers, communities and policy makers should be focused on,” says Matthew M. “We found that while the public may find benefits to today’s shifting media environment, whether through cell phones or other technology, many also recognize risks that may make young people vulnerable.” Expanding use of smart phones and other technology potentially exposes children and teens to the danger of predators and other harms like cyber-bullying.Sexting (sending and receiving sexually suggestive text messages and photos) has also led to cases of teens around the country suffering from low self-esteem and even committing suicide following photos being widely shared among peers.
Please enter your views in one or both of the boxes. • 38% of 13-18 year olds have received a sexually explicit message. • 40% do not see anything wrong with sending topless images.Childhood obesity, bullying, and drug abuse remained the top three child health concerns for a second year in a row, while child abuse and neglect ranked fifth. “The increasing level of concern about Internet safety and sexting that are now ranked even higher than smoking as major childhood health issues really dominates the story this year,” adds Davis, who is also with the U-M School of Public Health, Gerald R.Smoking and tobacco use, usually rated near the top of the list, dropped from the fourth top concern to the seventh – which may reflect the decline in smoking and tobacco use by youth in recent years. Ford School of Public Policy, and deputy director for U-M’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.If you want to ask a question or talk through any issues or concerns, call the Stop it Now! The helpline is available from 9am-9pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-5pm Fridays.Alternatively you can contact us for help and advice via email at this address: [email protected], with a response in 48 hours.