It is clear that there are many advantages in the use of the mobile phone, for example, to call home when I am going to be late, when I notice that I stay to study at Lucia's house - but many users have to start thinking about whether they will not be turning into authentic "mobile-dependents", not being able to spend a minute without their telephone.
In addition, the advertising is especially aimed at young boys and girls, and teach the mobile as an instrument that gives independence, freedom, that allows them to join a group, strengthen ties with friends, but are we sure that all this is true? ... We have many questions. What is this addiction? Why can it happen to our children? What people can be addicted?
What is mobile addiction?
To understand what mobile phone addiction consists of; we have to understand the reality that we live. Every day, millions of SMS messages are sent all over the world, everywhere we hear the sounds of bells and tunes constantly and, almost everywhere: restaurants, the supermarket queue, the institute, the park, etc. and we see many people hooked to their faithful mobile phone in order to be continuously communicated. It can be worn up to the neck! Mobile is very important in our lives, is not it?
In the same way that it occurs in other types of addictions, the use of the mobile becomes an addiction when it becomes a repetitive behaviour that gives us pleasure. It has come to be called "Telephonists" and is an impulse that cannot be controlled by using the phone again and again during the day or night. For the first time, it begins to talk about the new technologies have become part of the so-called psychological addictions or addictions without drugs.
According to experts, mobile addiction is suffered by 1 in every 1,000 people who use their mobile phone, and they say it is affecting mainly young people and teenagers. It is for this reason, why it is important that, each and every one of you, know what is this mobile addiction, and know the answers to those questions we did at the beginning to avoid it.
Unlike other addictions, such as alcoholism or addiction to gambling (pathological gambling), etc. the age at which it begins is very low, since eleven or twelve, because it is very easy to have a mobile, there are even mobile phones, especially for children with drawings for them, and also parents feel confident that their child / a has a mobile phone to call any emergency.
Therefore, it is not a problem of taking a substance, such as the drug, but the problem is behavior. An irrepressible, uncontrollable and exaggerated behavior that makes us leave other activities, such as reading, the conversation with our family, our friends, neighbors, etc...
How do cell phone parental controls help?
To help kids avoid this addiction, one effective solution available to parents is cell phone parental controls. There are specialized apps developed to allow parents to take control of their kids’ cell phone use. One such app is FamilyTime. FamilyTime app helps great in limiting their digital use.
With the app, parents can see their kids’ contacts, their communication history, their call logs and much more. The app does offer controls too, such as parents can Watchlist shad contacts to receive alerts or can even put a virtual fence around downtown bars so they get notified if their kids enter those places. There are several more features that help parents keep their kids away from alcohol consumption. To know them, try this app for free. You can get the trial version of the app from the app store on your phone.
The excessive use of mobile devices can make children use them irresponsibly. It is very important to manage their digital consumption before they develop an addiction to it. Happy parenting!