To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today
– Barbara Johnson
Delta resident Tanya Moore lives by the above saying. Like all mothers, she too was sick and tired of seeing her kids glued to screens, be it of smartphones, computers or televisions, all the time. But unlike most mothers, she did not let the grim grow on her. She did her best to get her kids off TV and video games by coming up with activities that were engaging, fun and educational. Once she understood the trick, she never looked back thereafter.
To spread awareness about the harmful effects of being too dependent on smart screens and to encourage parents to spend time with their children, beyond the screen, Screen-Free Week is observed in the United States. This year it will be observed from April 30-May 6.
Here are some activities that can help a parent be a part of his/her children’s life and get involved with them:
Internet addiction can be treated
Parenting is a tough job, but with the right mindset and composure, it can be handled well. Just make the most of what children enjoy the most to succeed in keeping them away from screens and becoming a victim of internet addiction. Symptoms of internet addiction include feelings of guilt, isolation, anxiety, depression, inability to schedule or complete tasks, defensiveness and agitation.
If your teen boy is addicted to the internet or the smartphone and is stubborn about not mending his habits, then he may need professional guidance. Addiction is a mental disease. Do not hesitate to consult an expert for teen mental health treatment. Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego specializes in providing treatment to teenagers for their mental health, addiction and other associated problems. For more information about our world class mental health rehab for teens, call at our 24/7 helpline. You can also chat with our online counselor for more information.