: Of course I can. To give you all a little bit of background on me, I’d like to start off by saying my name is Jane E. Brody and I’m a personal health columnist for TheNew York Times since 1976. I claim that the addiction to the internet has had a profound impact on our youth and parents aren't rushing to prevent it. For example, many parents contribute to their children’s addiction by throwing screens in front of them starting at a young age to calm them down and keep them from interrupting their our screen time. It isimportant that parents realized that if they don’t want their children to become addicted tothe internet they must break these unhealthy and damaging habits they've created not onlyfor children but also for themselves. Unknowingly as a society, we have become so occupied and distracted from what really matters that we’ve blindly are developing unhealthy behaviors. The fact that we all are slowly but surely becoming addicted to our phones is outrageous because we are living less in the moment and more by the means of social media. Moderator: Mr. Fisher, this kind of leads us to your area of expertise. In your opinion, how problematic is the addiction to the internet interfering with the relationship between parents and their children?Mr. Fisher: It’d be happy to. Hello everyone, I’m Mike Fisher, Founder & director of theBritish Association of Anger Management and I’ve studied Counselling and humanistic psychology. I have been working in the field of counseling including anger and stress management for the past 20 years, so when it comes to angry parents and children, I havewitnessed a lot. Not too long ago I wrote in a Journal of Holistic Healthcare focusing on evidence-based practice and the practical implications of research in holistic health and social care. I soon discovered as human beings we love attention in general. From a parent and child relationship, children are more likely to be drawn in and become attached to the internet if their parents themselves are distracted and not fully present.
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- Winter '08
- Mike Fisher, Nellie Bowles