COVID-19 VIRUS Information about Our Services
These are stressful times for all of us. We are all fighting together to slow the progression of the virus. We urge you to stay home, but we also urge you to continue to maintain your mental health. Given recent developments and announcements by our federal, state and public health officials, your team at Bowden & Associates is putting our client’s, and our community’s health and safety first. In an effort to keep you safe, as of 03/24/2020, we decided to limit all client contact to telephone and secure video formats whenever possible. Our support staff will continue to answer our phones so as to provide you with the service you are accustomed to. They are also available to answer questions, schedule appointments and help with credit card payments. We will continue to schedule new clients via phone or video formats.
Phone contact and video formats are new to many of us. We feel we do our best therapeutic work with you when we are face-to-face with you in a safe and confidential setting. However, we also know it is vital to continue to have good mental health, especially during this stressful time. Know that we will do our absolute best to continue to meet you and your child’s mental health needs. Please call us (330) 345-3461 if you have any questions or concerns. Let’s all stay safe and support our community.
Born to Be Online: Children and the Digital World
Kids today seem to be constantly online, interacting with others via digital technology. It is not unusual that parents are concerned about the effects of this on their children. This can be mild such as concern about eye strain, or more serious issues such as cyber bullying, sexting, or viewing inappropriate web sites.
Research is showing us that kids between the ages of 8-18 are spending 11.5 hours a day using computers, iPhones, pads, gaming devices and other digital devices. Many of these hours may involve multiple devices at the same time. And 70% of kids conceal some or all of their activity online!
Thus, our children are growing up with a life of high speed access to internet and technology. And parents have a reason to be concerned. Robert Weiss LCSW, CAT-S has a very pertinent article concerning this. In his article Children in the Digital World he discusses the intersection of digital technology on humanity and makes some simple recommendations. Bottom line, kids are going to use technology. This is a part of their lives and their world. But there are things parents can do to make it safer:
Establish the rule that the phone/device is owned by you and it is a privilege (not a right) for them to use it
Limit screen time to less than two hours a day
Discourage screen time for children younger than two years old
Keep internet enabled devices out of kid’s bedrooms
Monitor frequently the websites they visit and social media sites
Co-view TV, movies, videos and use this as a time to educated about important issues.
For the entire article: www.aamft.org
Did you know that almost two-thirds of the children worry all the time?
A recent article in BBC News states out of 700 children aged 10 and 11 almost two-thirds worry "all the time". They are worried about not being able to do their class work, being criticised by teachers and parents, and 54% worry about the well-being of family and friends.
And if that isn’t enough to worry about, 40% of these kids felt their worries got in the way of school work. Almost 30% said that once they started worrying they could not stop and 21% said they did not know what to do when worried.
The girls also worried more about friendships and appearance. Boys worried more about being angry.
The most common coping strategies were talking to family members (72%) or to friends (65%), while 65% of boys calmed themselves by playing computer games compared with 39% of girls.
The reality is that young children can worry about a lot of things, whether it's something going on at home, with their friends, or even about bad things happening in the world.
The good news is, the research also showed that talking with a trusted adult and counseling were effective in helping the children to cope and played a crucial role in ensuring that children learned to look out for each other and know how to get help if they need it.
The entire article can be found at: bbc.com/news/education-38861155.