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Dec 11, 2014
The amount of time children spend on the Internet and with electronic devices is increasing. As a result, internet dependence and addiction by children is increasing at an alarming rate.
Psychologists report that internet addiction among children between the ages of 8 and 18 is growing 40% per year. One psychologist even says that the number of cases she’s received regarding internet addiction in children has gone up 200% in the past two or three years.
The rise of internet addiction has caused serious consequences. For example, a teenager attempted to stab his mom when she threatened to cut him off from his internet access. In another case, a child began stealing from his parents to fund his internet addiction. While these are extreme examples, when not taken care of, internet addiction in children can lead to behavior changes.
Watch out for the warning signs that your child could be dependent on the internet. Such signs include aggression or depression, unexplained actions (such as skipping school to spend time on the internet), isolation, or sudden difficulties in associating with people face-to-face. If your child starts exhibiting these signs and spends a lot of time on electronic devices, consider limiting the amount of time your child spends online.
To limit the amount of time your child spends on electronic devices, it would be good to set a curfew for when devices are acceptable to use. Set a limit on the amount of time your child spends using these devices. Use a web filter, such as Net Nanny parental control software, to filter out unwanted and time-wasting websites to help prevent your child from becoming addicted to the internet. Net Nanny can also monitor the websites your child uses and can set limits for the time your child uses the internet.