Revista Adolescência e Saúde

Revista Oficial do Núcleo de Estudos da Saúde do Adolescente / UERJ

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ISSN: 2177-5281 (Online)

Vol. 14 nº 3 - Jul/Sep - 2017

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Páginas 6 a

Adolescentes, mídia e novas tecnologias

Adolescentes, medios de comunicación y nuevas tecnologías

Adolescentes, mídia e novas tecnologias

Autores: Isabel Bouzas; Felipe Jannuzzi

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Today we are all digital citizens. Innovations are constantly appearing, together with new channels and resources, offering massive communication potential. However, it is necessary to establish and preserve the responsible and appropriate use of this technology. Everything that we put out onto the Internet leaves a footprint, like a trail leading to our identity, a digital fingerprint that remains on record forever. This is why we should reflect deeply on the consequences of any action before moving ahead, particularly for adolescents who have not yet achieved sufficient emotional maturity to understand the burdens and consequences of their exposure on social and digital networks.

We must analyze issues related to adolescence in broader ways, always moving beyond the obvious. Adolescents are individuals endowed with full rights, passing through an important growth and development phase, with cerebral, mental, emotional and social maturation. During this time of sweeping changes, they become a more vulnerable social group, including influences in the context of the media, social surroundings and peer pressures from teen groups.

Today, much is heard about the inappropriate use of technology by teens. But we cannot blame these youngsters for such possible misuse if we do not teach them - and above all experience ourselves - what we feel is appropriate, healthy and ethical.

It is vital that adolescents be advised and referred for help, being heard and seeking to understand the reason for the massification of violence. Youngsters must learn about media through achieving digital literacy, knowing who produces these media, for what purpose they are structured, how broad is their scope and what to do in order to shield themselves. Adolescents must be able to discern what they are seeing there in all that media. Reflecting on the videos they access, the game that pulls them in and the product that is being "consumed"or turning them into slavish consumers, constantly seeking more and more goods.

Most television programs, movies and videos showcase sexualized adolescents to the mass market, drugged, abused and distorted, always the problem kid. With this exposure, youngsters may well draw attention but it is negative. So why does society not shower these youngsters with positive, healthy attention? Why not invest in their health, instead of spotlighting their disease?

Thus, based on the concept of helping and educating these youngsters, it is vital for healthcare practitioners, parents and educators to understand issues related not only to the internet but all technologies. It is only though this approach that a digital culture can be constructed to which everyone has the right. We must deploy Article 227 of the Brazilian Constitution, which stresses that it is the duty of the family, society, and the State to ensure the right to life and health for children, adolescents and young people, as a top priority. We must experience this priority in real life, which means the exercise of full citizenship with dignity.

Isabel Bouzas - Editor-in-Chief
Felipe Jannuzzi - Executive Editor
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