1 Out of 10 Kids is an Internet Junkie

Jun 11, 2013

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Internet addiction has become a huge problem in today’s society, particularly among children. Kids today have never lived in a world without tech gadgets. As such, virtual connection has become a necessity for many.

An estimated 8%-12% of U.S. children have an addiction to the Internet.

These are the kids who prioritize virtual activities above real life social interaction, homework, reading books, watching TV, and even sleep. They become depressed or irritable when not online. They may even resort to sneaking online if time limits are placed on their Internet use.

For parents who want to address this type of compulsive behavior, here are some tips.

  1. Get to the root of the problem. Find out if your child is going online to escape a problem or be distracted from their feelings. Take time to address the concerns they share with you.
  2. Set up a recovery program with your child. Clearly explain your expectations for their Internet use and help them find other ways to spend their time. Have them report their progress to you and hold them accountable.
  3. Move computers to common areas of the house, place restrictions on where Internet-connected mobile devices can be used, and use a parental control software like Net Nanny with password-protected time restrictions.

Always keep the dialogue with your struggling child open and convey your rules and concerns with love. Getting over this addiction will be difficult, but as you enforce appropriate time usage, your child can recover.

I work for Net Nanny and all opinions are my own.