These days, almost everybody spends time everyday on the internet. Teenagers are no exception. In fact, many teenagers spend hours online each day. With the amount of time teenagers spend online, how do you know what is normal and what is teen internet addiction? It can be tricky to distinguish, but there are a few things you can look for that can help you determine whether or not your child has an addiction to the internet.
Sometimes, internet addiction is brought on because the teenager sees it as an escape from the normal world. If your child is being bullied at school or if there is a stressful family event such as a divorce, then you may notice that your child is becoming more and more withdrawn and spending more time on the internet. If your child is using internet as an escape from reality, then that is a sign that they are suffering from teen internet addiction. Your child needs to get help to find healthy ways to cope with the stress. It may not seem like a big deal, after all there are worse things your child could be addicted to, such as drugs or alcohol. However, teenagers who are addicted to the internet can develop addictions to other things, and an addiction to anything can be dangerous.
Perhaps your child is not going through a stressful time but you are worried that he or she is still spending too much time online. There are some things you can look out for. First of all, if your child is losing track of time online or having a hard time cutting back on their internet time, they may be suffering from teen internet addiction. In addition, if your teenager acts defensive or agitated when you question them about how much time they are spending online, that can be a red flag. If your child’s grades are slipping or they are not spending time with their friends because they would rather be on the internet, then you may want to help them overcome this addiction so that they can resume a happy, well balanced life.
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