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In a new position statement, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) expressed particular worry about the impact of media on children and young people with identified mental health difficulties, but added that all children were potentially vulnerable.

The paper, The Impact of Media on Vulnerable Children and Adolescents, was put together by the college’s Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (FCAP).

While the experts said they endorsed the many positive aspects of media-based technology and supported access to such benefits for all children and