More and more parents are conscious of it, but what are some of the telltale signs that your child is addicted to their smartphone? How do you know when your child has been too exposed to it? How do you know when it’s time to act?

Monitoring the time your child is glued to social media is fast becoming one of the primary parenting issues of our time.

Our Top 5 signs parents need to take action:

1. Is your child withdrawn, seemingly having little interest in other activities? When you plan a family activity, something the child in the past responded positively to, are they more hesitant to get involved?

Maybe it’s a trip to the ballgame, or to an afternoon movie. If they show little interest in pursuing anything other than going back to their phone, then there might be an issue. This goes beyond constantly being distracted by the device – and points to a more serious mental health issue.

2. How are their sleep patterns?

One thing that came up in a recent Royal Society for Public Health study on social media and young people’s wellbeing – sleep and mental health are tightly linked. Sleep is important for teens, especially because this is a key time for development, according to the study. Anxiety or feelings of worry or stress as a result of too much exposure to social media, in particular, can impact sleep patterns.

3. How do they react when you bring up the issue of too much time on their phones or tablets? Do they get defensive? Does it turn into an argument?

That’s why not just communication – but the right communication – is so important. Remember, for young people of this generation, social media is a central part of their lives. The issue of time spent on their phones needs to be a two-way communication, respectful of what is going on in their lives.

4.How does the child react when the WIFI goes down, and they can’t get online access – more importantly, access to a dialogue on social media with friends?

A little agitation is fine, but continual agitation, even withdrawal, because they are having difficulty getting over the interruption, is another sign. As the RSPH study pointed out, anxiety over feeling disconnected is a very real issue.

5. Does your child get too riled up by a friend’s posts?

Too much exposure to social media can mean too much exposure to negativity.


A redgreentree summary of the RSPH study can be found here:



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