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Attached at the hip to their cell phone? Cell phone addiction.

Attached at the hip to their cell phone? Cell phone addiction. 850 567 The Solstice Team

More and more teens are becoming addicted to their cellphones at the expense of real relationships. Many parents are asking how to deal with their teens cellphone addiction. Too often today’s adolescents are using technology and the internet to avoid dealing with life’s issues. While the definition of cell phone addiction can be debated, a simple red flag that your child may be experiencing addiction to his or their cellphone are some of the following:

  • Inability to succeed in school because of a lack of concentration
  • Harmed or lost relationships as a result of miscommunication via cellphone
  • Personal hygiene, and physical habits become secondary to attention given to technology

Preventing cell phone addiction in your teen

According to a recent study, 60% of teens would feel anxious if they didn’t have their phone and would rather live without Facebook, chocolate, and TV than without their phone. To ensure that your child does not become addicted to their cell phone here are some tips for parents to help prevent cell phone addiction.

Respect Conversations With Others: Texting smart phone use shouldn’t come between real human contact, thus being distracted by a cell phone can harm relationships.

Never use the phone in the car, especially while driving whether texting or talking: This is a given, but distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and deaths on the roadway. If your teen learns not to use the phone in the car, a lot of tragedy can be avoided.

Learn To Recognize Bad Habits: One reason teens turn to cell phones is boredom, causing this behavior to become a habit. Teens must learn other ways of dealing with boredom beyond turning to technology. Realizing this can help your teen resist checking their phone out of habit.

Set Alerts to Monitor Phone Usage: These days, most phone carriers will allow you to monitor text, phone time, and data usage for all the phones attached to your account via mobile apps and text / email alerts. You should take advantage of all this data and keep an eye on your teen’s usage. Use this as a baseline to establish ground rules, and talk to them if their usage seems excessive.

Consider Pre-Paid Phones instead of complete loss of phone privileges: For chronic offenders of this, you could consider using a pre-paid plan instead of instituting outright phone prohibition. That way your teen still gets the opportunity to exercise discipline and learn to ration their phone usage. And if they fail to do this, the phone will become a useless brick until you choose to add more time and data. Thus, a logical set of consequences will result from their overusing the phone.    

Solstice can help your child work through their difficulties. As a residential treatment center for teen girls and assigned female at birth ages 14-18, Solstice helps young girls and assigned female at birth struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.


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Has Your Child’s Social Media Addiction Gone Too Far? 3 Tips to Help

Has Your Child’s Social Media Addiction Gone Too Far? 3 Tips to Help 2560 1707 The Solstice Team

The intense craving to constantly tweet, text, post, pin and like; social media addiction is a plague that has swept not just across the United States, but around the world from England to China.

Social media addiction is a real threat

Though social media overuse has not been confirmed as an actual addiction, many research projects are being conducted in order to prove that it is. According to the Pew Research Center, about 24 percent of teens reported being on social media “almost constantly.” Among those teens, the majority of them are girls, while boys tend to lean toward using video games.

We know that a large amount of teens use social media nearly all time, but are there negative effects? According to a study by the University of Albany, the answer is yes. Julia Hormes, the leader of the research study, found that about 10 percent of users struggled with social media addiction. The effects of the addiction included a higher risk of alcohol abuse, anxiety symptoms and issues with emotional regulation.

3 tips to help your daughter

  • Make sure they knows you care: Reassuring your child that you’re there to talk and support their is important for building trust. Trust is imperative to being able to make a difference in your daughter’s life and making their understand why a social media addiction is unhealthy.
  • Create technology free zones: Making zones where you have to focus on the family is important. It makes a space where you, as the parent, also put away your technology and get involved.
  • Encourage creativity, extracurricular activities: Encouraging, not pushing, your child to get involved in something they have interest in could be a good way to break their social media addiction. It gives their something else to focus on.

Additional treatment

If your child is struggling with their social media overuse and traditional therapy isn’t working, a residential treatment center could be the next step. Solstice RTC is a treatment center for older teen girls and assigned female at birth struggling with issues, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse or social media addiction. We use comprehensive, evidence-based therapy to help families reconnect and heal.

For more information on how Solstice RTC can help your child break their social media overuse, contact us today at (866) 278-3345.