Addiction to Technology: YScreen Newsletter March 2018
New studies show that more and more teens are becoming addicted to their smart phones. These studies suggest that teens who are addicted to their phones and the internet may have a chemical imbalance in their brains that could predispose them to depression and anxiety. Identifying symptoms of technology addiction include: defensiveness when talking about their technology use, spending time isolated with their technology, choosing technology over previously enjoyed hobbies or activities, and hiding or appearing to be unaware of their technology use.
*”Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain, study suggests.” Science Daily, 30 November 2017.
3 Ways Parents Can Manage a Youth’s Technology Use:
- Have a set data plan for all cell phones. By having a set limit of usage, youth are more likely to limit their time on technology.
- Find an app that allows you to control cell phone usage. Several apps exist that allow parents to set times that disable a youth’s phone for set times each day.
- Set a ‘phone on the table’ rule. Each day after school have your child leave their phone on the table until all chores or homework are complete.
*Wallace, K. (2016, July 29). How to cut your kids’ cell phone addiction.
YScreen is an emotional health screen and here to support youth and parents throughout Fond du Lac County. If you would like to request screening for your child or would like more information about YScreen, please contact us at (920) 906-6700 ext. 4714.