Does Your Child Have Device Addiction?
The average child now spends more than 9 hours a day on devices with the majority of this time spent on social media and mobile games. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics device addiction poses serious problems for the development of today’s youth and an even bigger challenge for parents.
The following is a list of some of the signs of Electronic Device Addiction:
- Throwing tantrums when a device is removed and can’t be distracted to another toy, etc.
- Repeated asking to use the device rather than having interest in another activities
- Attention span much longer when on the device than with other toys or activities
- Would rather be on the device than eat, play with friends, interact with family
- Negative affect on grades
- Insists on being on the device for longer and longer periods of time
What Parents Can Do
The most common and effective method to prevent electronic device addiction is the use of timers on all of your devices. This limits the time children spend per day playing games, doing social media, etc.
Children should be limited to less than two hours of entertainment-based screen time per day, and shouldn’t have TVs or Internet access in their bedrooms, according to new guidelines from pediatricians.
Can Apps Help or Hurt?
A new app Finny on iOS and an Android version which was released earlier this year, combines parental control technology with education to make screen time productive. The platform has received critical acclaim with over 90% of users reporting improvement in their child’s mobile habits. Designed for 7-14 year olds, Finny monitors unproductive device usage and interrupts by triggering custom learning moments. Whether reinforcing traditional academic content, introducing new topics, or promoting physical activity, the app makes screen time productive.
The app Screentime lets you easily set time limits for your children’s devices right from your phone or any browser. Set bedtime and school time restrictions for specific apps. Use your phone or tablet to pause your child’s device or give bonus time. Create fun check lists of things you would like children to do or learn and motivate them with rewards.