My Child Is a Tablet Addict
Today's post won't only benefit your child, but it'll also help you understand addiction problems and how to confront them. In addition, you'll even learn strategies for rehabilitation or prevention with love and respect.
We’ve never been so attached to technology as we have in the past years. These recent changes have made children, even babies, handling technology a common sight. Having grown up in a world of digital technology, these children are the digital generation.
Technology’s user-friendly design and endless functions make children want to use it whenever they get the chance. However, they can get too attached if we don’t teach them how to regulate their time and use of phones or tablets.
What is technology addiction?
According to studies, dependence, or addiction, is a problem that’s characterized by a lack of self-control that results in various consequences. In addition, it also implies difficulty in resisting the urges to do a certain action.
Normally, using new technology can have positive impacts for youngsters. However, a child can become a tablet addict if their tablet time interferes with all aspects of his or her life.
The long time spent on tablets can affect other areas of life such as family life, academic performance, social relationships, etc. As a result, the user becomes a slave of technology.
“Any kind of addiction implies an attack on freedom; it’s a clear issue of dependence.”
-Katty Leonela Jaramillo Ospina-
My child is addicted to the tablet: factors
According to specialists, people don’t just simply get addicted to technology and stay hooked 24/7.
In reality, children gradually become addicted as a result of a combination of multiple factors. Join us below as we explain in more detail.
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In many cases, genetic and neurological factors can lead children to develop addictive behaviors. To give an example, if one of your family members shows addictive behavior or neurotransmitter imbalances, your child might develop an addiction, as well.
Certain personalities might make people more inclined to develop an addition. Among said personalities are the following: emotionally unstable, very impulsive and easily frustrated personality types. People with low self-esteem who lack social skills, among others, may also be more vulnerable.
It’s been been proven from time and time again that family dynamics directly influence a child’s development. Factors such as family malfunction, socioeconomic problems, lack of attention, education styles or simply not knowing the dangers of abusing technology might cause addictive habits in children.
In some cases, children become addicts to technology as a result of a health problem, such as a mental disorder. These cases are a compounded problem that only an expert can accurately diagnose.
However, major depressive disorder, social phobia, attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, among others, are common in technology addiction cases.
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Stressful situations or emotional crises during childhood can also lead to technology dependence. Examples of these kinds of experiences include the loss of a loved one, academic failure, physical or sexual abuse, etc.
Symptoms of a technology addiction
How can you be sure that your child has a tablet addiction? According to this article in Psychology Today, there are certain warning signs:
- Sleeping too little or disturbed sleep patterns. For example, sleeping less than five hours a day or going to bed in the early hours of the next day and waking up late.
- Disregarding important activities. These activities might be family, school or health related.
- Unable to limit the time spent on technology.
- Lying about the amount of time spent on electronic devices.
- Visibly irritated when unable to access the internet or a device.
- Socially isolated and poor academic performance.
- Friends or family members often complain about the time spent in front of a computer, phone or tablet.
What can you do if your child is a tablet addict?
In many sources, psychologists suggest that the relationship between the child and new technology should encourage a healthy and positive life.
Below, we’ll share some of our recommendations to prevent your children from developing a technology addiction.
- Children under 2 years old shouldn’t use screens.
- Control the gradual exposure to the tablet.
- Establish rules and hours for using electronic devices.
- Don’t prohibit tablet use completely, but don’t allow it during family time or meals.
- Place it in a common area and prevent it from being used in behind closed doors.
- Encourage other hobbies and activities such as reading, sports, cultural or team activities.
- Strengthen and encourage family communication.
- Spend quality parent-child time and use the tablet as a role model for them to follow.
- Avoid entertaining children or keeping them quiet with electronic devices.
Consult an expert
Some of the previous recommendations only work as a means of prevention. However, if you’re seeing certain symptoms already, your child might already be a tablet addict. To make sure, you should seek out professional help.
Today’s post won’t only benefit your child, but it’ll also help you understand addiction problems and how to confront them. In addition, you’ll even learn strategies for rehabilitation or prevention with love and respect.