Today’s teens have never lived in a world without the internet. They are often more tech-savvy than adults and they embrace new trends and technologies. The Internet is a great way to stay connected and informed, but if you’re the parent of a teen, you know it can also cause a lot of problems too.Use can evolve into an obsession, and this obsession can become an addiction. Real life can begin to take a back seat to online time.
Your child can be addict of any of the following things-
- Online Gaming
- Online Gambling
- Social Media
- Personal Device Addictions
Warning Signs of Internet Addiction in Your Spouse, Friend or Loved One-
The following warning signs should serve as general guidelines for you to determine whether or not your spouse, family member or friend may have a problem.
- Spend a lot of time alone with their computer or smartphone on a regular basis?
- Become defensive when you confront them with their behavior?
- Seem either unaware of what they have been doing, or attempt to deny it?
- Prefer spending time with their device or on the Internet rather than with other people?
- Lose interest in other, previously important activities, e.g., friends, sports, work, hobbies, exercise, etc.?
- Appear to be more socially isolated, moody or irritable?
- Seem to be establishing “a second life,” with new and different friends whom they met online?
- Spend greater amounts of time online, and attempt to cover or “minimize” the screen or hide the phone when you come in the room.
- Talk about their time on the computer incessantly, and seem to draw meaning in their life from this activity.
- Exhibit signs that their work or school performance is suffering; perhaps they were fired, grades are slipping or their household responsibilities are neglected.
- Talk about their time on the computer incessantly and seem to draw meaning in their life from this activity.
- Have legal problems as a result of their Internet behavior,e.g., the loss of child custody, divorce ,or sexual harassment charges at work due to downloading pornography, etc.
A simple 12-item test to see if your child is suffering from Digital Distraction.
Top of Form
- Do you find your child spending more and more time online or on their digital devices (computer, laptop, tablet or Smartphone) than they seem to realize.
- Do you find your child mindlessly passing time on a regular basis by staring at their Smartphone, Tablet, or Computer–even when there might be better or more productive things to do? And do they seem to lose track of time when on any of these devices?
- Do you find your child spending more time with ‘virtual friends’as opposed to real people nearby?
- Has the amount of time your child spends on digital devices and the Internet been increasing?
- Do you wish your child could be a little less wired or connected to digital devices such as Smartphones, laptops, tablet, Internet, video games, etc.?
- Does your child sleep with his or her Smartphone ON under their pillow or next to their bed regularly?
- Do you find your child viewing and answering texts, tweets, and emails at all hours of the day and night—even when it means interrupting other things they’re doing, such and schoolwork, meals, sports, or other family activities?
- Do you limit, block, or filter Internet and digital screen-time access for your child?
- Do you feel your child’s use of technology actually decreases their academic productivity and real-time socialization, family participation, or physical activity?
- You find your child feeling somewhat ill-at-ease or uncomfortable when they accidentally leave their phone or other Internet/digital device in the car or at home, or when they have no service, or their device is broken?
- You feel your child is reluctant to be without their Smartphone or other digital devices, even for a short time; when they leave the house they ALWAYS have their Smartphone or other digital device with them?
- You find yourself feeling reluctant to limit or remove your child’s use of their digital technology, and when you do limit it or take it away from them they have a strong emotional or physical reaction?
What You Can Do
- Monitor internet activity of your child
- Break internet addiction by keeping the computer in a family room
- Spend more time with your child
- Encourage outdoor activities