There San Pablo CEU Foundation organized the round table “Children and screens, what do we do?”, during which different questions related to the correct use of technology, the prevention of addictions and the tools necessary for avoid irresponsible use likewise, subjects which, in the words of the speakers, “parents cry for help and, on many occasions, they do not really know what is happening because they do not know the platforms and where their children are moving “.

During the debate table moderated by Maria Solanoprofessor at CEU San Pablo University and director of Hace Familia, discussed different issues on how to face the technological tsunami by establishing responsible use, providing the guidelines and tools necessary to prevent technological dependence.

Faced with this situation, experts agreed that the situation is not sustainable at a time when phones control our lives “It is estimated that we look at the initial screen around 200 times to know the time, the clocks have disappeared.”

In the opinion of Catherine L’Ecuyer, IAs a researcher and expert in educational theory, “we thought that devices could bring something to education and that the technological world encourages (in immature minds) a passive attitude.” To which Raül Adames, director of the CEU school sector, added that “technology brings many advantages, but if we weigh the dangers and the advantages, it does not compensate. From schools we perceive and present a palpable concern for the mental health of children and adolescents and it is necessary to know to what extent this discomfort comes from technology.

Improvers of mental pathologies

Faced with this situation, Marc Masip, founding CEO of Desconect@, highlighted that “Spain has the highest percentage of Internet dependence in the European Union. We are faced with a context in which we must put an end to the open bar towards risky platforms and content and, to do this, it is essential to establish state laws and the limits of the good use of technologies”, to which he added that “the responsibility should not fall only on families or schools, it is necessary to promote alternatives”.

In his experience working with young people addicted to new technologies or suffering from eating disorders, Masip highlighted that “cell phones reinforce the mental pathologies of young people”. Beatriz Martingeneral director of Fad Juventud, assured that “we must assume that there are several responsible people: content creators, parents, teachers, legislators… The main thing is that there is progressive autonomy, generating thought critical for each age, establish limits and educate parents and children.

To conclude and establish a response to the cell phone ban, Paco Pérez Bes, partner in digital law at Ecix Tech, clarified that the first thing we parents should do is set an example. “We face a challenge and we must be able to solve it and guide our children about the dangers of technology.

For its part, Raul Adames He warned that “limits must be accompanied by a proposal as a family to support our children in the correct use of technology.” In this same sense, Maria Zalbidea, trend analyst and author of “Sewing the digital Divide,” pointed out that “we parents are learning to live in a completely digital world and we can’t look away.” It is necessary to provide the appropriate knowledge tools and, at the same time, educate children about the proper use of technology, because this coexistence is possible.

manifesto on the use of technology

To conclude the event, the CEU School Zone presented a manifesto that highlights the importance of regulating the use of new technologies among children and young people, in addition to establishing ten foundations to support responsible use of technology.

These pillars aim to establish a compatible but safe digital ecosystem for children, in which comprehensive education, critical judgment and Mental Health:

1. Technology cannot replace the connection with the teacher.

2. The encounter with knowledge involves a personal effort that screens do not encourage.

3. Screens do not replace beauty and the experimentation of the reality that surrounds us.

4. In the face of screen overstimulation, we must protect in-depth study and in-depth reading.

5. Algorithms cannot decide what to read and study, let alone think and be.

6. Faced with the loss of modesty and intimacy on social networks, it is necessary to make their value understood.

7. It is essential to prevent and protect minors on social networks, as they may not constitute safe spaces.

8. Digital does not replace activity and face-to-face interaction, which stimulate connection, creativity and imagination.

9. Screens should be limited during rest time. Sleep is essential.

10. Adults must take care of healthy use of technologybecause it is difficult for minors to regulate its use responsibly.