Banning the usage of internet or cellphones can make your teen more irritable and angry. Sometimes, teens withdraw and stop communicating with friends and family if they are kept from their phones or computer screens. This is why mental health professionals suggest limiting usage, rather than an outright ban. “A ban does not work in making someone stop using something they are addicted to – take the ban on smoking for instance. Individual control and motivation is the best way to fix this problem,” says Dr Manoj Sharma, SHUT Clinic, NIMHANS.
If you think you’re spending more time than necessary on your phone, here are some questions that can help you understand if you are using the phone to an unhealthy extent. (Read about the signs and symptoms of addciction here
If you want to control or limit your usage, here are some tips::
Making the necessary lifestyle changes can help you get into a healthier routine in a time span of three to six months.
This list has been collated with reference to http://www.nimhans.kar.nic.in/ncw/leaflets2.pdf.
Parents are likely to be concerned about their child’s health and academic performance when they discover that their child is addicted to the internet. If you are the parent of a child who is addicted to technology, you can help them by:
Not panicking. Dependence on technology can be reduced if you seek help.