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Nordeste ,  January 07, 2019

Internet abuse risks among young people prevented with training and skills, says Regional Director

The Regional Director for Prevention and Control of Dependencies warned today about the risks of Internet abuse among young people and the importance of providing training and skills in early prevention.
"When used without moderation, the Internet can lead to problematic behaviours with symptoms similar to those of other addictions, such as illicit drugs and alcohol," said Suzete Frias. She spoke at the forum "Why We Care About You," an event promoted by the Commission for the Protection of Children and Youth of Nordeste, where she presented a lecture on Internet abuse.
"This non-chemical dependence can cause long-term damage to the structure of the brain and, according to some studies, a decrease in grey matter, which can affect memory and emotions," said the government official.
Suzete Frias considered that the acquisition of skills can stimulate resilience and ties to the family and school, while promoting processes towards the empowerment of children and young people.
"In order to prevent ourselves, we need to be informed, to have the notion of risk and, above all, to be aware of our emotions and learn how to manage them as they are our lenses for the world," stated Suzete Frias.
The Regional Director emphasised the characteristics of the "adolescent brain" to demonstrate the importance of investing in skills in this critical period of the human life cycle.
"This is a phase of individual affirmation as well as of major changes in the brain and adaptation to new contexts and roles. Therefore, tools for decision making, problem solving, conflict management, resistance to frustration and peer pressure are crucial," noted the government official.
The lecture delivered at this forum falls within the prevention strategy adopted by the Regional Directorate by promoting information and awareness-raising among junior high school students in partnership with community resources.
Suzete Frias stressed that the Regional Government reinforces the importance of school as a privileged space for promoting personal skills and strengthening self-regulation and emotional control.
"School Health has focused on the knowledge about addictive behaviours and dependencies in this age group, namely tobacco and alcohol consumption and non-substance addictions. Its actions are aimed at increased risk perception," stressed the Director Regional.


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