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"Smart parents give dumb phones to their teenage children."

Miguel Ángel Martínez-González, Full Professor of Public Health at the University of Navarra, gives a session entitled "Mental Health and Screens" at Tecnun

05 | 06 | 2023

exhibition "Suicide is the leading cause of death in people under 40 years of age in Spain and is associated with the excessive use of screens, the early use of cell phones and pornography addiction," warned Miguel Ángel Martínez-González,Full Professor in Public Health at the University of Navarra, in a session held yesterday at the School of Engineering of the University of Navarra. Tecnunthe School of Engineering of the University of Navarra. Organized by the Eskibel, Erain and Erain Txiki schools, it was attended by more than 130 people, including parents from the schools and alumni from Tecnun. 

Ph, award National Research in Medicinewarned from the "scientific evidence" about the consequences of "unbridled sexuality" in the youth social model of the XXI century. He also explained the dangers of uncontrolled sex, learned on the Internet and far from the true loving impulse, and how it can end up with violent and unhealthy expressions that "we are already seeing in our society". "We have an unprecedented mental health problem in young people and much more is consumed than parents think," he said. "One in ten people in Spain dies by suicide, and for every one, there are 20 or 30 attempts, so there is a mental pathology, especially of very broad depressions," continued the doctor, also Associate Professor of Nutrition at Harvard TH School of Public Health. 

In addition, during the session, Miguel Ángel Martínez-González explained that his latest book, "Salmones, Hormones and Screens", aims to make parents aware of the mental health problem caused by cell phones in their children . "I believe that they are not sufficiently aware and that there are sometimes naive attitudes in parents". For this reason, he encouraged the attendees to learn about this reality that the "best epidemiological" and public health science has been highlighting. 

When asked about the appropriate age for submit a cell phone to a child, Martínez-González replied that: "Smart parents give dumb phones", at least without Internet connection. And he gave an example: "Just as we are not allowed to drive until we are 18, that age would seem to me to be a good age for young people to have their first device with Internet access".

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