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The digital impact on children and young people – some pastoral markers

This article focuses on the phenomenal development of the Internet over the past number of years. This development has indeed obviously influenced the younger generation more directly and therefore the focus will consequently be on the vulnerability of the young people regarding certain digital pitfalls. Typical characteristics of the so-called “Millenials” are discussed as well as some negative consequences of excessive exposure to digital screens. Against this background, some practical and pastoral perspectives are discussed. A very important aspect seems to be that of fostering the necessary relationship skills. The way in which the brain functions, as well as the basic needs of children and young people, will also be addressed. Within this context, there seems to be an enormous huge challenge for the church, teachers, and parents. They need to keep abreast of developments, be involved and provide relevant and sensible guidance.

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