With cases of iPhone addiction on the rise in the adult population, it’s little wonder that the habit is being mirrored in our children. But how can you tell if your kid is addicted to the iPhone? While there is no definitive entry for iPhone addiction in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, there are some hallmarks of the condition to be aware of. Keep your eyes open for these signs of iPhone addiction and act fast to help keep your child’s development on track.
What is iPhone Addiction?
Addiction is defined as a dependence on something, characteristically accompanied by an adverse effect. This means that children addicted to the iPhone or addicted to the iPad simply cannot do without them, and that their happiness or progress may be hindered by the obsession. Here are a few of the top signs of iPhone addiction in children:
- Asking for the iPhone constantly, or first thing in the morning.
- Spending hours of time on the iPhone if they are not monitored.
- Turning down all other activities to play with the iPhone.
- Displaying antisocial behavior while using the iPhone.
- Experiencing signs of separation anxiety if they do not get to play with the iPhone.
- Defiant behavior in relation to the iPhone or iPad.
While children may naturally be defiant on occasion or need quiet time to themselves, these symptoms would appear with increased frequency and severity in a case of iPhone addiction. Thankfully, there are a few simple precautions parents can take to thwart prevent and treat iPhone addiction in children.
How to Treat or Avoid iPhone Addiction in Children
Parents can help prevent iPhone addiction in children by limiting access to them early in life. There are two schools of thought on this subject. Some concerned parents suggest keeping technology out of your child’s hands entirely, while others suggest taking a moderate approach to technology by exposing your children to it in a highly supervised environment and for a set period of time.
Setting a daily screen time limit can be extremely beneficial for children. It provides structure and balance that can help you avoid iPhone addiction at a young age and encourages children to engage in a healthy mix of activities away from the screen.
Talk to your older children about responsible iPhone use. Set clear expectations with older children and, if necessary, physically secure your iPhone or iPad where it cannot be accessed. Hands-on parenting can be a big help when you’re treating iPhone addiction.
Encourage new hobbies for your children to keep them busy while breaking the iPhone addiction. If necessary, read some of our articles about iPhone and iPad security to limit kid’s access even if they do manage to get the device.
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