Is 'Digital Addiction' a Real Threat to Kids?
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 22/05/2019 18:53
Think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like heroin, experts say.
As we worriedly watch our children navigate the ever-changing digital landscape, there’s a great deal of talk these days about “digital addiction.” But several experts say we should teach kids to think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like meth or heroin.
Children’s use of devices ranges along a continuum from healthy to compulsive to addictive, said Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, the director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington. “I think the phenomenon of tech addiction is quite real,” he said.