How often do you check your phone? What about your child?
According to the BBC news report children, age 5 -16 spend more than 6 hours every day on their phones. In the last 20 years, the amount of kids glued to a phone screen has risen drastically.
62 percent of tweens use their smartphones after a bedtime;
77 percent of kids exchange messages while in bed;
21 percent of kids wake up due to the messages notifications;
66 percent of kids agree that smartphone usage has bad influence on their sleep;
71 percent of kids sleep next to their smartphones;
With the development of modern technologies, more and more teens are becoming addicted to their smartphones. People often think of alcohol and drugs when they hear the word addiction. Nevertheless, technology like smartphone causes addiction, especially among children.
For many parents it is an open question how to deal with teen phone addiction. But first of all, it is important to understand why kids spend this much time on their phones instead of face-to-face conversation. It is a common case for teens to use technologies to escape from everyday problems.
Let’s quickly overview cell phone addiction symptoms:
Your child becomes anxious when the battery is low;
Your child spends more time texting online than talking to real people;
Your child becomes nervous when the phone is misplaced;
Your child becomes furious when the service is not available;
Your teen sleeps with a phone under or near the pillow;
Your child constantly checks his phone when it is not ringing or vibrating;
Your child is chatting, commenting on photos during the meal;
Your child constantly uses a phone during family celebrations or holiday time;
Every parent needs to be aware of warning signs of teen phone addiction. Being aware of these wake-up calls, parents can get rid of initial problem before it becomes a serious addiction.
Negative impact on kid`s health:
Blurred vision and eye strain due to the constant focusing on a small phone screen
Chronic neck strain due to constant looking down on the phone (also known as text neck)
Dietary disorder due to the constant chatting and having lack of time for eating
How to deal with a teenager addicted to cell phone?
Teen cell phone addiction is a serious problem, because many teens can’t find the ideal balance between being online and offline. If you suspect that your child may have a mobile addiction, have a conversation about it. Without doubts, it is not easy to get rid of cell phone addiction. But some limitations plus positive parental help may work. Here some rules to help a teenager addicted to cell phone.
Rule № 1: Make restrictions for your child phone usage
Set periods of time when they are allowed to use their phones;
Designate activities in which a phone is prohibited (dining time, school time, bedtime, home-assignment);
Schedule breaks when they are allowed to check their phones or social media apps.