Internet addiction: What can we do?

According to Natalya Emelyanova, psychologist of the Social Assistance Centre for Family and Children in Nizhnekamsk municipal district, with kids ages 12 to 14 spending on average 44.5 hours per week in front of screens, parent are increasingly concerned that screen time is robbing them of real world experiences.

Beyond gaming, kids are filling their free time with other Internet activities: social networking, instant messaging, blogging, downloading etc. Psychologists identified the following potential warning signs for children with pathological Internet use: a child loses track of time while online, sacrifices needed hours of sleep to spend time online, becomes agitated or angry when online time is interrupted.

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