Challenges of being Resilience in the Social Media Era

In the century of giant technological and communication advances it is very easy to communicate across huge distances in a matter of seconds. Life is going to a rapid pace and in order to answer to these changes it is required to be alert at all times.  Does this alertness have an impact on individual and social stress? From the Ecuadorian society point of view the feelings of unrest are daily but, perhaps, we are blaming to globalisation and modernity? It seems as if this new system were forcing people to rapidly respond to new external factors, and therefore, to disconnect from personal and family realities.

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Resilience and the Social Media

In these times of rapidly changes I reflect about the mental & emotional disposition and resilience that we adults should have to effectively support children, especially vulnerable children. In fact, children are facing multiple challenges in the developing world such as war, for instance in Syria, or poverty and lack of access to education in disadvantaged communities in Ecuador.

Governments and international organisations aren’t adequately responding to these realities. It seems as if children’s needs weren’t a priority in the political agenda. As a result, these generations will grow up without hope, living in solitude and emotional pain. Most of them will rely on drugs, the streets, others on gaming and social media to escape from these realities.

 

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Nowadays, children are lonelier than ever, their capacity to tolerate others, and also, to respond to their own frustrations is dropping. They are more demanding in these days, and their comfort and well-being is measured by the quantity of ‘likes’ they receive in the social media rather than by the love they receive from their family. This environment doesn’t help to shape resilient children but fragile and vulnerable ones.

Therefore, it is urgent for the parents to understand that their children need a truly engagement from their part to respond to their emotional needs.  Parents, also, should support locally-led initiatives to child protection, specifically the ones focused on providing vulnerable children with a loving and caring family environment. Children need to grow up in a healthy environment that enable them to dream about their future, and motivates them to work for the fulfilment of their goals and interests.

Martha Espinoza

Martha is the Executive Director of JUCONI Ecuador and has worked for the organisation for over 17 years. As an experienced child psychologist and practitioner, Martha brings technical knowledge to the project. She is working with Merli Lopez. Coordinator of their Working Child and Family Programme, to deliver the project in Ecuador.

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