Welcome to the digital age.
In the digital age, cyber addiction and its consequences are an issue at the heart of our society.
A recent study shows that about 1.5 to 2% of the population suffers from cyber addiction. While most people spend about 25 hours per week on the internet, teenagers who suffer from cyber addiction can spend between 40 to 60 hours plugged in.
Although there are many positive experiences available on the internet, including immediate access to information, there are also negative impacts of widespread use including social isolation, lack of exercise, an overall sedentary lifestyle, and cyber addiction.
There are some risk factors which may contribute to cyber addiction:
- insecurity in relationships
- social isolation
- low self-esteem
- difficulty managing and expressing emotions.
If you believe your child may be showing signs of digital dependence, it is essential to communicate with them and maintain a connection. Supervise use of the internet through parental controls; ask for help if you think that you are not able to support your child on your own and become computer savvy yourself.
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How can I manage and evaluate the digital consumption of my child or teenager? When do we have to worry and consider the possibility of dependency? How do we intervene with our children? To learn the answers these questions, do not miss our next webinar which will take place on April 17, at 8.30 pm.