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Rev Med Suisse. 2010 Jun 16;6(253):1230, 1232-5.

[Adolescents, Internet and new technologies: a new wonderland?].

[Article in French]

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Unité multidisciplinaire de sant des adolescents, CHUV, 1011 Lausanne.


This reviews the use of new technologies with its benefits and pitfalls. Among the positive aspects are instant access to educational information, the possibility to connect with mates and to develop social exchanges, as well as an access to preventive contents in the field of health, substances or sexuality. The risks are linked with inexperience and the adolescent's inability to assess the validity of information collected on Internet, as well as a lack of insights of the consequences of launching information or images on the web. The menace of addiction or of violence induced by intemet is probably overestimated by many adults but should be taken into account. Parents should monitor their adolescents' activity in an open and interactive way. Moreover, any adolescent medical check-up should touch on the use of new technologies.

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