Over the past decade or so, the use of digital devices and Internet connectivity in children and teens has increased substantially. Children today grow up with digital devices, like tablets, smartphones, computers, and video game systems in the household. They have access to online social media sites, downloadable apps, and other such content at their fingertips.
As a result, more and more children and teens are developing addictions to digital media and devices. As their addictions worsen, children and teens will start to be constantly connected and have to have some sort of digital device with them at all times.
Parents can often spot the signs of digital media and device addictions in children and teens by their responses when they take away devices and do not allow them to get online, play video games, or access social media sites. One of the more typical responses is an unfounded temper tantrum of sorts, where the child lashes out at the parents.
This is sometimes likened to the withdrawal symptoms experienced by those with addictions to drugs or alcohol. If your child exhibits this type of behaviour after taking away electronic devices or not allowing them to get online, play video games, or access other such online content, then it is highly recommended for parents to seek help from a qualified family counsellor.
Other types of symptoms and problems parents need to watch for that could indicate an addiction is developing or has already formed include:
If you notice one or more of the above symptoms or already suspect your child or teen has a digital media and device addiction, please feel free to contact Bayridge Counselling Centres for help, advice, and family counselling by calling 905-319-1488 today!