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Technology & the addiction issues we face with our kids!

June 3, 2019 | FAMILY

A hefty topic I would like to discuss is Digital Health & Wellness. What is it? Is this a real issue? Digital health and wellness refers’ to the physical and psycho-social well-being in a technological world. Yes, it’s most definitely an issue! It’s a scary topic, because many people have developed a compulsive need to use a digital device, to the extent where it interferes with their daily life and it stops them from doing things they need to do. How many times a day do you find yourself checking your phone impulsively? How about your kids?

How many of you deal with your teens and their relentlessness to give their mobile devices a break? Nearly one-third of teens take their phones to bed with them when they hit the hay, per research from Common Sense Media. I have three children, whom all have iPhones. My son Yusef is age 16, my daughter Lianna is age 14 and my favorite child (we all have one right?!) Zain is age 8. I will have to concur that my kids do go to bed with their iPhones. Unfortunately, it is a bedtime ritual in my home that I had to set effective limits for. The “mean mom” that I am, I have their alarms preset on their iPhones at a time that the iPhones need to be turned off. When that alarm goes off, the iPhones are put away. If not “mean mom” comes in and takes the phone for keeps. I want to actually have their undivided attention to have a conversation and know about their day. I think its also equally important for them to decompress without phones and social media.

Is this entirely a teen issue? Nope! To all you adults out there…you have been caught red handed, literally! 1 in 4 parents wake up to check their phones at least once per night. So as an adult, what can we do to set guidelines for ourselves? I doubt our mommies want to monitor our iPhone usage. I personally utilize the Screen Time tool offered on my iPhone to monitor my iPhone usage. I try to stay within a certain percentage that seems adequate for my usage. Screen Time is a new feature of iOS 12 that lets you know how much time you and your kids spend on apps, websites, and more. This way, you can make informed decisions about how you use your devices, and to set limits if you’d like. Google, Apple, and Facebook- all have been criticized for breeding digital addiction, and all have subsequently launched tools to help users monitor and spend less time on their devices.

This is a growing topic that most can relate to. It is crucial to be aware that digital health and wellness is a valid issue so individuals can achieve that balance to healthy living. What are your opinions on the topic? How do you monitor your family time?

Love,

Maha

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