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“…some studies have found a negative association between screen time and physical activity.

https://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/pdf/Children-digital-technology-wellbeing.pdf

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How does the time children spend using digital technology impact their mental well-being, social
relationships and physical activity?

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Growing up in a digital world: benefits and risks

A 2017 survey found that 3% of 11-16-yearolds in the UK have spent some of their own money on
online gambling, and 7% have used their parents’ accounts, with or without their permission.

According to Growing up in a digital world: benefits and risks (2018), “A 2017 survey found
that 3% of 11-16-yearolds in the UK have spent some of their own money on online gambling,
and 7% have used their parents’ accounts, with or without their permission.”
According to Growing up in a digital world: benefits and risks (2018), “Along with the
substantial opportunities the digital age brings, come a diverse range of risks and harms.”
SUMMARY

These benefits include access to education, training, and jobs, which can help break intergenerational
cycles of poverty, and access to news and information sources that can help protect their health,
safety, and rights.

In recent years, digital technologies have brought the whole variety of educational, informational
and healthcare resources needed closer to users.
PARAPHRASE

UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World report

reveals that one in three internet users is younger than 18 years and 71% of 15–24-yearolds are online,
making them the most connected age group worldwide.

UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World (2017) report proves,
that 71% of people aged 15 to 24 are active users of digital technologies, what is the highest rate
among the world's population.
https://www.unicef.org/publications/files/SOWC_2017_ENG_WEB.pdf

https://www.unicef.org

Experts have brought up numerous concerns about the children’s physical movement and psychological
well-being while using new technologies.

According to Growing up in a digital world: benefits and risks (2018), that moderate use of
digital technology can be salutary to children’s well-being, whereas excessive usage can be
destructive.
They also claim that children’s social connections appear to be improved by advanced
innovation, particularly since a large number of their friends are currently online.
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In recent years, digital technologies have brought the whole variety of educational, informational
and healthcare resources needed closer to users (Growing up in a digital world: benefits and
risks 2018). No one can deny the fact, that with the help of the most significant invention of
modernity – the Internet – people can get undoubted benefits. UNICEF’s State of the World’s
Children 2017: Children in a Digital World (2017) report proves, that 71% of people aged 15 to
24 are active users of digital technologies, what is the highest rate among the world's population.
That is why it is very important to define, if the impact of digital technologies on young people is
positive or negative.

People tend to believe in both variants of influence of digital technologies on younger


generation. According to Growing up in a digital world: benefits and risks (2018), “They have
transformed their education and learning, the way they make…friendships, how they spend their
leisure time, and their engagement with wider society.” That is the reason why the mobile and
the network environments are subjects of research aimed at studying the features of
communication and interaction of users, as well as forms of personal expression.

Due to The Impact of Digital Technologies on Society (2018), “…some of the services and
products that were previously analogue, such as travel arrangements, music, film, translations
and media are becoming digital.” In recent years, the process of communication has become
simpler. Digital technologies provide services, for instance, Facebook, Instagram of Twitter,
which can connect people from different parts of the world. Moreover, the whole process of
learning has become more convenient and free from language barriers and geographical location
of specific educational institutions. Technology and society – impact of technology on society
(2018) states: “Visual education is becoming more popular and it has proved to be the best
method of learning in many subjects like mathematics, physics, biology, geography,
economics...” Now the possibility of distance learning has become available. With the help of
such applications as Duolingo, Lingualeo and others, people can simply learn different foreign
languages to expand the boundaries of communication.

According to Growing up in a digital world: benefits and risks (2018), “Along with the
substantial opportunities the digital age brings, come a diverse range of risks and harms.” It
means that the use of new technologies by young people can harm both physical and mental
health. How does the time children spend using digital technology impact their mental well-
being, social relationships and physical activity? (2017) authors states: “…some studies have
found a negative association between screen time and physical activity.” In addition, the
relationship between people who use the Internet, phones and similar devices can be in danger.
“A 2017 survey found that 3% of 11-16-yearolds in the UK have spent some of their money on
online gambling, and 7% have used their parents’ accounts...” (Growing up in a digital world:
benefits and risks 2018). People tend to become addicted to some products or services, which
digital technologies provide.

It is important to note, that new digital technologies can have a significant impact on the
formation of psycho-sociological attitudes among young people. Of course, in the modern world
it is impossible to isolate a young person from their usage. However, ways of neutralizing the
negative impact ought to be developed. According to Growing up in a digital world: benefits and
risks (2018), moderate use of digital technology can be salutary to children’s well-being, whereas
excessive usage can be destructive. You need to know the opportunities and threats of digital
technologies from the young age to prevent negative consequences.

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