Several recent studies revealed that one in four children is addicted to using a smartphone, and most children and adolescents, 10% to 30%, use smartphones incorrectly, which can reach the level of addiction, which made mothers seek help from a behavior modification specialist, regarding how Treatment of children’s addiction to smartphones.
A behavior modification specialist revealed the best ways to treat children’s addiction to smartphones to help the child find a healthy balance:
Set an example for your child first
Children have a strong drive to imitate, so it is important to manage your smartphone and internet usage. It is not a good idea to ask your child to be separated at the dinner table while staring at your phone or tablet, do not let your smartphone use attention from parent-child interactions.
Use apps to monitor and limit your child’s smartphone use
There are many apps available that can limit your child’s data usage or limit texting and web browsing at certain times of the day. Other apps can eliminate on-the-go messaging capabilities, so you can prevent your teen from using a smartphone while driving.
Create phone-free zones
Restricting the use of smartphones or tablets to a common area of the home; Where you can monitor your child’s activity and determine the time online, block phones from the dinner table and bedrooms, and insist on turning them off after a certain time of the night.