LISTEN – Check their phones daily –
Nov. 9, 2020 –
While almost every parent stresses over the amount of time their kids spend on electronic devices every day, you wouldn’t think that it could be an addiction. It can, however, easily become one. Spending too much time in front of a screen has been linked to kids developing poor social skills and a lack of sleep. If your teen has any of the following symptoms, you may need to get them help.
- Loss of interest in things that don’t require a screen
- It’s starting to interfere with them socializing with other people
- Your teen can’t control their screen use on their own
- It causes fights and severe family issues
- Being behind a screen boosts their mood
- They hide their tablet or other electronic devices in order to use it when they shouldn’t
While there is nothing wrong with electronics, whether it’s tablets, TV, or a cellphone, just like with everything else they should be used in moderation. If you feel that your teen is developing a screen addiction, then it’s time to crack down on screen time or get them help if that’s not an option.
Of course, you can’t look for the other signs of addiction without looking out for the classics as well. Alcohol and tobacco continue to be addiction issues among teens, even though the media has done its due diligence to help them realize the dangers and the consequences associated with these substances. If you feel that your teen has an alcohol or tobacco addiction, it’s important for you to step in and get them help before it goes any further or it could end up ruining their lives.
These are just a few of the addictions you should be on the lookout for as a parent when it comes to your teenagers. While not all of these addictions are substance abuse related, they can be serious if ignored…