Special Issue "The 2nd Edition: Media Use during Childhood and Adolescence"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alberto Villani
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Guest Editor
1. The Italian Pediatric Society, via Gioberti 60, 00185 Roma, Italy
2. Pediatric Department, Bambino Gesù Children Hospital, 00165 Roma, Italy
Interests: pediatric; infectious diseases; adolescence; children; communication
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Dr. Elena Bozzola
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Guest Editor
1. The Italian Pediatric Society, via Gioberti 60, 00185 Roma, Italy
2. Pediatric Department, Bambino Gesù Children Hospital, 00165 Roma, Italy
Interests: pediatric; infectious diseases; adolescence; children
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Dr. Alberto Eugenio Tozzi
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Guest Editor
Bambino Gesù Children Hospital; Italian Pediatric Society, IRCCS Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù, Rome, Italy
Interests: pediatric; public health; technology; social media
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of several different media by toddlers and adults may change personal relationships and behaviors. The use of several interactive apps, social networks, and video games is widespread in the general population and their use is constantly increasing in childhood. In this context, even young children frequently own a mobile device and are massively exposed to digital content with no supervision. Adverse effects of early and prolonged exposure to digital technologies in pre-school children have been described in several studies. Since digital devices are used to construct a social identity and express personality, the age of initial use of social networks is dropping to 12–13 years. Moreover, problematic internet use is considered an important public health concern in specific groups, such as adolescents. Social network and smartphone use may be associated with learning difficulties, poor sleep quality, and ocular problems. Problematic smartphone use has been related to addiction, skeletal problems, muscle pain, sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical energy, and weakened immunity. Cyberbullying and hikikomori phenomena are also becoming popular. On the other hand, smartphones and the Internet have also been associated with several positive outcomes relevant to social interaction and communication, developmental and psychology features, and dexterity.

 This Special Issue will host scientific papers investigating the use of digital devices, social networks, and other web applications in children and adolescents and describing their impact on health and wellbeing.

Dr. Alberto Villani
Dr. Elena Bozzola
Dr. Alberto Eugenio Tozzi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • media device
  • cyberbullying
  • adolescence
  • children
  • problematic use
  • addiction
  • mobile medical application
  • smartphone
  • social media
  • internet

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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