In the framework of the Joint Plan for the prevention of drug addiction and other addictive behaviors of La Vega Mancomunidad, the new school year begins with the CONTROL @ program: PREVENTION OF RISKS IN THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES, INTERNET AND SOCIAL NETWORKS

The Control @ program is carried out in the four municipalities of the municipality: Algorfa, Jacarilla, Redován and San Miguel de Salinas and has the support of the subsidy granted by the Diputación de Alicante, includes educational workshops with more than 40 sessions directed to the courses of 5º, 6º of primary and 1º of secondary with the objective of reaching the 303 students of the schools of the mancomunidad. These educational workshops will offer information on associated risks, self-control skills, social skills and leisure management.

The program includes training workshops for parents, specifically, will be four talks to be held next week in each of the municipalities of the Commonwealth. The workshops will be Monday, September 18 in Algorfa, Tuesday, September 19 in Redován, Wednesday, September 20 in San Miguel de Salinas and Thursday, September 21 in Jacarilla. These workshops are free and can be attended by anyone interested.

The project is complemented by an innovative communication campaign through social networks with information actions, advice and online resources for families to be carried out throughout the school year.

For some children, even for some parents, having free time means sitting in front of a screen to play, watch series, videos, chat, browse, buy …, the options are endless – we know – and before a withdrawal of “the source of pleasure”, we see how they react with anger, irritability, anxiety and attitudes that often cause family conflicts.

Where is the line between normal use and risk?

Social networks and new technologies can lead to alter sleep, food, performance, social life and interest in other activities marking the beginning of a possible technological addiction. That’s why parents need to know what to do to prevent and detect them early.

For Emilio Fernández. President of the Commonwealth “new technologies are already essential in our daily lives, from the young to the elderly, in one way or another, they connect daily to the network they use to communicate, work, have fun, .. But if we do not discuss the need for these tools, if we are very seriously concerned about the indiscriminate and continued use that some young and not so young, make screens and

mobile devices, and that in their most extreme case may end up suffering a technological addiction. It is necessary, from health criteria, to act as soon as possible so that our children make healthy and adequate use of these new technologies ”

In order to assist and guide the parents or the youth themselves on these issues, they can contact the Community Prevention Unit of Addictive Behaviors of the Commonwealth (UPCCA MLV) through the municipal social services and through the web of the or the blog of the UPCCA MLV