When Is It Too Much?

Smart Phone Addiction with Students

Is Smart Phone Addiction Serious?

There has recently been much interest and research connecting the high volume of smart phone use and the negative impact it as on our brain activity. Have you noticed to hear less voices and more text tones around you? While many people do take the issue seriously, smart phone addiction has become a severe problem beginning with our young teens. The scientific term for smart phone addiction is nomophobia- meaning the fear of being without your phone. Of course it is okay to enjoy your phone and use it to its abilities. However, we are seeing issues with our children relying on their phones for the majority of their communication. Everything from the weather, the time, homework assignments, movie times, news, bank accounts, shopping, and especially social updates are taking up hours of our student's time when they are using their smart phones. While social apps are the most popular to use, it is not healthy for your child to solely communicate with "friends" while they are not speaking to them in person. In a time where we can communicate with anyone in the world, people are admitting to being more lonely now than they have ever felt. Smart phone addiction is similar to a food or alcohol addiction and impacts the brain the same way a chemical substance would by altering a persons control of their emotions and attention. If we can stop our young teens from developing this technological addiction now before it gets worse, we may save a generation from further emotional issues down the road.

Symptoms to Look For

Below are some common symptoms you may notice with your child to better determine if they may be experiencing a smart phone addiction.

Be a Smart Influence

With technology advancing every day, we have learned to rely on machines to do the work for us in our every day lives. However, our job for current and future generations is to be a good role model for smart phone use. Give yourself a limit and show your children and your community that you can function without having your smart phone attached to your hand 24/7. One great way to start this is at meals! Engage your child in conversations and put all phones, tablets and other smart devices into a drawer or container while everyone is eating. This is a great way to start the day and end the day with conversation between your loved ones. Every small step to break a smart phone addiction will be beneficial both to you as the parent and to your highly influential children. Other ways to break this vicious cycle of smart phone use is:

*Create "No Phone Zones" - Having special common areas of the home where no one is allowed to have their phone or limit phone use to just one specific room like the living room so phone use does not take place all night in bedrooms.

*Ban phone use when driving or in the car - This is a safety issue for the driver but also keeps passengers alert in the car and more likely to engage in conversation.

*Monitor your child's phone use- require they share passwords with you and monitor the amount of time they spend on their phones. While many may see this as an invasion of privacy, you as the parent want to make sure your child is not in any danger on social media sites or with cyber-bullying,

About Me

Ashley Bennett

Tavola Elementary

5th Grade Teacher- ELAR/Social Studies

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Resources & Copyright Information

Below are articles and readings where I selected my newsletter information from. For more information, please click the links below to read further details on this serious issue. Only you can prevent smart phone addiction.