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Help your teen regain control of his life from smartphone addiction

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September 14, 2017

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Help your teen regain control of his life from smartphone addiction

If you suspect that your teen suffers from an addiction to his Smartphone, slowly but steadily educate your child about the demerits of excessive use of smartphones. Let him know what harm it causes to the mind and body. But for parents to overcome their teens smartphone addiction is not an easy job.

Today it is very common for teenagers to use mobile phones to connect with peers and world through different forms of social media such as – Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. With advancement in technology, a wide range of latest smartphones are available in the market helping people to connect with each other and make them stay updated. However, this also leads to a new form of obsession among the younger generation i.e.smartphone addiction. Teen smartphone addiction often leads to:

– Problems and failure in studies,
– Social loneliness,
– Staying isolated ,
– Loss of interest in hobbies and outdoor activities,
– Experiencing ‘phantom vibration syndrome’, which means checking his or her mobile phone when it hasn’t vibrated or rung.

If you suspect that your teen suffers from an addiction to his Smartphone, slowly but steadily educate your child about the demerits of excessive use of smartphones. Let him know what harm it causes to the mind and body. But for parents to overcome their teens smartphone addiction is not an easy job.

So, here are some ways to deal with your teen’s obsession and help him to regain control of his life:

Make home rules

Some home rules may be very useful to handle teen Smartphone addiction.

For example : Mobile phones should be put aside or turned off during meals and family members should share news, talk and enjoy the time spent together.

Assign home duties

Assign your teen with home duties like: dusting, decorating their room, helping mom in the kitchen, helping dad in shopping. Next time you visit a market, ask him to select eatables with the least junk element from a particular rack, creating their own signature dish and so on. Such a task makes a teenager more disciplined.

Family outings

Plan family outings – family trips, spend time visiting places of interest, travelling as you will be able to spend quality time together and limit the use of smartphones.

Set limits

– Set a limit on the money that you pay for your teen’s monthly mobile bill.
– Set a limit on internet data usage. Thus, a child will use mobile phone less frequently and more thoughtfully.

Set example

You cannot expect your child to follow something that you are not doing yourself. Become a positive example, use your own mobile or smartphone less and pay more attention to the members of your family.

It is also important to let your teen know that you have full confidence in his ability to understand you and that you trust his sensibilities. By doing this, you can show your child that time spent with family is precious and life around us is far more interesting and colourful than any social media.

Manmeet Kaur Reen holds a degree in Home Science, M.Sc in Child Development, Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Child Guidance and Family Counseling, M.A in Psychology, B.Ed, and has also done a course in Learning Disability.

She loves teaching, to inspire young minds to develop their unique personalities. She believes a good teacher is someone who enjoys what he/she does and has the ability to receive and give feedback to support learning among students to make studies joyful and enable students to grow. She likes to write articles for newspapers, magazines and journals concerning areas related to education, parents and adolescents.

She is currently working as a PGT Home Science Teacher in Doon International School, Mohali.

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