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Annemarie Lange is a licensed professional counselor in the Philadelphia area that utilizes mindfulness and meditation to help her clients deal with a variety of challenges.
Jan 11, 2017
Addiction is real and to be taken very seriously. We all know this and as responsible involved parents, we’ve likely had discussions with our teens regarding addiction to drugs or alcohol. How many of us have had the conversations with our teens about addiction to technology? How many of us, as parents, struggle with a similar addiction?
Some signs are addiction include excessive use, emotional or physical difficulty being away from the “substance” and relationship problems. Approximately 36% of families with teens report daily arguing over screen time. The more time teens spend connecting with their screens, the less time they’re connecting with real life relationships, deepening their communication and empathy.
According to a recent study by Common Sense Media, 50% of teens feel addicted to their devices. Now these are the teens that are recognizing and admitting their addiction; consider what the actual numbers may look like?
Technology is a very real, and often useful, part of your teen’s life. It’s unrealistic to expect to eliminate their interest in technology. So the question remains how do you help your teen strike a healthier balance?
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Parental control software, such as Net Nanny can also offer another level of confidence when talking with your child regarding teen addiction. This technology can help to monitor time and content of online behavior. This can provide a strong jumping off point for this important conversation with your teen.