A government paper has revealed that alcohol abuse, drug use and teen-pregnancy are declining in teenagers, but different problems like self-harm, eating disorders and lack of sleep are on the rise.
The findings were published by a group of senior civil servants from Britain. The paper has suggested that the changes could be down to better parental monitoring coupled with the pervasion of social media and the Internet.
When discussing the findings, experts said ‘digital immersion’ has caused a ‘rapid and dramatic societal shift’, something that is already having a significant impact on young people.
Some said the rise of social media and computer games may be giving teenagers less time to partake in ‘traditional risk behaviours’ (for example, under-age drinking). Others argued that the anonymity of the Internet is making it easier for teens to get hold of ‘designer drugs’ and legal highs.
The paper noted a clear increase in cases of cyber bullying and said children are…