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One fish, two fish, glad fish, sad fish

By Ruth Puentespina

Sadfishing — where students come to class and over exaggerate the home problems they face in order to generate sympathy and gain attention — has become more common, particularly within the school environment. Kids can get away with pretending to go through an emotional upheaval online and this is compounded by the use of different social media platforms, but this does more damage to their peers who are going through actual emotional issues. These peers are inevitably overlooked in favour of the kids who cried wolf, thus prolonging their access to resources that could help them overcome and improve problems affecting their emotional well-being. Although technology is now an inescapable aspect of life today, it is important to set boundaries for impressionable youngsters, particularly those at risk of mental health issues, to prevent long-term effects to their well-being. 

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