Welcome to this informatics themed edition of the Bridge.
It is rare today to see a young teenager without a smartphone in their hand or pocket. Young people have increasing access to technology which creates many opportunities and challenges. Apps and websites can deliver psychoeducation and even therapy, some examples and their evaluation are outlined in this edition. Social media platforms can connect people but can also be a medium for bullying.
The Autcraft platform provides a novel way for children with ASC to make friends, but also highlights how important it is that parents and carers are supported in understanding children’s on line activity, so that, safe helpful, online spaces can be created and maintained. The informatics field is advancing rapidly so we will revisit it regularly in the Bridge.
I do hope you find this edition a helpful update. Please let us know what you think of it by emailing ACAMH Publications Manager, Prabha Choubina.
Dr Juliette Kennedy
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist