Smartphone addiction is a growing problem among youth, but there are ways parents can help prevent it:
- Be a good example. Put your phone down and pay attention to your child. Don't check your phone at the table.
- Set clear limits. Establish rules regarding when screens can be used, how long, and what sites or apps are off-limits.
- Monitor use. Check in verbally, know the passwords and know who is on the other side of a post or text.
- Learn about internet safety. Check out sites such as commonsense.org. Remind your kids how to stay safe online