Do you feel like you can’t concentrate anymore? Has your ability to remember things becoming increasingly worse over time since you been on that phone. Whether you’re reading, shopping or participating in the various forms of social media, are you becoming a slave to your own phone? Do you feel helpless when you’re not on your phone?
What is learned helplessness? Let’s start with the basic definition” learned helplessness is when people feel that they have no control over their situation, they may begin to behave in a helpless manner. This inaction can lead people to overlook opportunities for relief or change. Oh my God, what if you dropped the phone in the toilet or the battery doesn’t charge. What if it was lost it or it was stolen? Will you be able to handle this temporary crisis or is this the road to depression. Learned helplessness is a real psychological issue, but can we apply it to cell phones. This will be continued later. But first, let’s start with the children.
Children, their increasing phone addiction and depression.
What age to give your child a cell phone is a very important decision. Did you know that the average age of a child’s first cell phone is 10?
Once a phone is given to a child, your opening the door to cell phone addiction that lingers right around the corner.
Parents should have a plan.
Know the warning signs of cell phone addiction.
Behaviors you should look out for:
Does your child withdraw from family, preferring to be on the phone?
Get angry or disturbed when the phone is not available?
Are school, daily chores, and activities affected by excessive phone use?
Are there changes in mood, eating habits and sleep.
What you can do.
Educate your children on cell phone use.
Make a plan to limit their time on the phone.
Monitor who your children communicate with.
Learn about their social habits
This presents threats to our children:
Parents need to do the following to keep their children safe from online threats:
Filter out inappropriate contact on the internet.
Set a screen time schedule for phone use, including games and apps.
Get full visibility of your child’s activities on their devices.
(to be continued)