Feb 22, 2018 | Parental Controls, Parenting Teens

The advances of technology in recent years caused profound changes in the habits of people, especially in terms of the use of mobile phones, social networks and instant messaging applications. But through research it was determined that adolescents, frequent users of this type of device, could be more “addicted” due to their potential low self-esteem.

Specialists from the Department of Psychology conducted a study among high school students and university students that revealed that there are “variables of the personality that predispose to suffer an addiction to the use of the smartphones.”

Among its conclusions, the existence of four fundamental features for the addictive use of cell phones in adolescents was highlighted: the one that excels is that of low self-esteem, followed by an important introvert and a low level of responsibility and emotional stability.

To arrive at these results, the researchers conducted surveys – which included a self-esteem test and a personality test – to about 250 students. These two characteristics, they said, are cumulative, so “people with low self-esteem may have a greater predisposition ” to suffer this addiction.

According to the researchers,”We are in the presence of a new paradigm of communication where cell phones are part of society in general, and adolescents are not the exception. In that sense, mobile devices ‘create a parallel reality’ and come to ‘fill a void’ typical of that stage of life “in which young people question their existence.”

The professional said that they should not prohibit or repress their use because that measure would take them away from the environment they need to relate to. However, he indicated that it is the parents’ responsibility to control “the use of the networks they access and with what type of people they interact to avoid any type of inconvenience. Or the purpose, they can make use of the digital parental control apps such as FamilyTime that help them:

  1. Control kids’ habits: Studies developed by marketing companies and mobile applications determined that, on average, the phone is reviewed more than 100 times a day. Evaluate how the cell affects daily activities and make your kids understand that they can not be attentive to the device at all times, hence, they should reduce its constant review and get indulged in other activities too.
  2. Uninstall applications with which kids lose too much time.Young people often download an infinity of applications that often do not help the normal development of their daily activities, but rather hinder them. It is best to leave only those that are considered important in the day to day, to study or communicate with family and friends.
  3. Set aside the device at meal times, study hours and sleep timings.The cell phone can be a permanent distraction when doing a school assignment or preparing an exam. If it is off or locked kids can optimize performance and increase concentration. Also, know that spending time with your cell phone, before bed will favor a correct sleep conciliation. So, it is best to cut their use early to achieve a good rest.

Know all the tricks to make your kids great human being and help them enjoy their life to the fullest. Happy parenting!

FamilyTime helps families manage and protect their children’s digital lives.

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