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Fitness trackers are damaging youngsters’ mental health, leading headmaster warns

Post by eddie on Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:05 pm

Fitness trackers are damaging youngsters’ mental health and parents should stop encouraging their children to wear them, a leading preparatory school headmaster has warned.

William Dunlop, head of Clayesmore Preparatory School in Dorset, said that “well-meaning” mothers and fathers are increasingly buying their children activity trackers as gifts.

The trackers - which can measure anything from the number of steps you have taken that day to your heart rate - are viewed by many parents as a good way to encourage their children to exercise.

But parents are buying the gadgets without necessarily considering the negative side-effects, Mr Dunlop said, such as contributing towards anxiety or other mental health issues.

Mr Dunlop said that impressionable children are “particularly susceptible to obsessive behaviour in pursuit of arbitrary goals”. He said “responsible, well-meaning parents” may think they are helping their children, by responding to the “perceived problem” of childhood inactivity.

In fact, Mr Dunlop says that such items are “entirely superfluous” as in most cases, their children are already very active. He said that the fitness trackers can lead to “unforeseen risks of obsessive behaviour and overwork” as well as the issue of online safety, since so much data is generated about a child's health.

If parents really want their children to develop active lifestyle, they should encourage them to take part in sociable sporting activities, Mr Dunlop advised.

“If you are really going to establish healthy habits, trying to compete with yourself is not the best way,” he said.


“You have physical as well as mental consequences,” he said. “I see the early stages of that. It is not long before the competitive instinctive could become quite unhealthy”.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/04/18/fitness-trackers-damaging-youngsters-mental-health-leading-headmaster/

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Post by Ben Mothafuckin' Reilly on Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:15 pm

Yeah, I agree. Or at least instill in the kid from very early that all things are to be done in moderation.

If I'd been taught that, I wouldn't have already drank eight beers today and it's only 4:15 p.m. in Texas.

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Post by eddie on Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:16 pm

But! They always give such mixed messages. They tell teens to get active then tell them they’re not doing it right.

It’s not making sense to me.



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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:32 am

eddie wrote:But! They always give such mixed messages. They tell teens to get active then tell them they’re not doing it right.

It’s not making sense to me.



it's simply 'Not all people need the same message'

telling the active teen then need to be more active is not helpful
a more obvious example is telling a skinny kid they need to lose weight


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Post by HoratioTarr on Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:22 am

Christ in a sidecar! Switch off the playstation/computer/XBox/TV/DVD Player and boot them outside to fucking socialise like in Olden Times!
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Post by HoratioTarr on Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:24 am

eddie wrote:But! They always give such mixed messages. They tell teens to get active then tell them they’re not doing it right.

It’s not making sense to me.



If you can't be active as a teenager....you might as well get fitted for your coffin come 50!
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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:32 am

HoratioTarr wrote:Christ in a sidecar!   Switch off the playstation/computer/XBox/TV/DVD Player and boot them outside to fucking socialise like in Olden Times!

You can't, didn't you watch the News they'll be Abducted Raped and Murdered Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
Probably by immigrants too Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

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