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​3 ways to help prevent your child from getting addicted to the smartphones and tablets
 
It is not surprising to know that teens have an interesting and yet unusual relationship with Smartphones and the latest gadgets. They have also been  required to use this technology from time to time in the school curriculum. They fulfil their social responsibilities through a variety of programs and online forums, and they use technology to stay focused instead of doing many other necessary tasks.

Teenagers, are also under various kinds of pressure, from schoolwork, friends and simply going through puberty. Sometimes their use of the smartphone is mainly as a source of entertainment and this can help them relief their stress. However, it can be difficult for parents to hold a conversation with their teenagers when they cannot even divert their attention away from their smartphones.

The reliance on smartphones and tablets can be both beneficial and disadvantageous for the teenagers. It is up to the parents to gear the direction of usage.

Teenagers may also use their smartphones and tablets to communicate with their friends or classmates, to seek help with school assignments, and to keep in touch with the external world. Many may even use them to monitor their health, through their use of the steptracker or their nutritional intake of the food they eat. Rather than restricting the use of their smartphones, it might be a wiser strategy to involve the teens in managing the use of these devices and hence lead a balanced life.


There are several ways in which parents can guide the youth, such as:

By providing clear instructions for their children:

Speak directly to the teens with regards to the pros and cons of excessive screen time. This method of sharing may produce good results from time to time when it is done through a caring tone. Discussing the pros and cons may even spark off lively conversations when done right. Some potential questions  for discussions may be: How much screen time is considered excessive?  How much screen time will affect us negatively and why? How much screen  time will eventually affect one’s social relationships and physical health?

 
Asking about their activities on the device:

Teens may sometimes toggle from one app or program to another when they know they are being watched. Try getting them to watch some family programs together with you. Or ask them what their favourite apps are.  Get to know their favourite games. In other words, try to get involved with their life, but remember to place respectable boundaries no one like the act of being monitored.

There are also several applications that are available to allow one to monitor how and when a  person uses their smartphones and tablets. You may use such apps to find out about their device usage and set time limits for the apps and close the apps from time to time. The act of spending more time with them through various activities may also cause them to not ‘overuse’ their smartphones and tablets. At times, the smartphones and tablets may be used to fill a void that they feel from a lack of social connection with their loved ones.


Creating a gadget-free timetable:

Family visits, meals, and social gatherings are times when regular usages of the smartphones and tablets will actually create an immediate negative impact on relationships. Set screen usage limits to a specific time of the day or a specific amount of time per day and stick to them. Removing smarphones and tablets from the bedroom every night  reduces sleep disturbances and insomnia. Also, it may a good habit to engage your kids with sports from time to time to keep them off-screen.

The above mentioned are some ways to help prevent your children from using smartphones and tablets excessively. Every kid has the potential to achieve a bright future. Lets prevent screen addiction from taking over their lives. 



From the founder of Bitesizedessentials.com

December 2020