Enjoying the holidays with the closure of schools, children spend most of their time in front of the computer, but Kocaeli Health and Technology University, head of the shadow education department for the disabled and family counselor Ögr. To see. Barış Tuncer stated that if the parents are not paying attention, their children can become addicted to the Internet.
Tuncer argues that children and adolescents can experience negative consequences such as the Internet, games, smartphones, social media, online sexuality, gambling addiction, abuse and cyberbullying if they unknowingly use technological tools. among children and young people is 15 percent, online gambling. There are studies showing that the addiction rate is 11 percent and the online sexual addiction rate is 8 percent. Most online games contain elements of violence and aggression, and theft, extortion, harassment, rape, murder, massacre are shown as quite normal behavior in the games. Unhealthy and unconscious use of the Internet exposes children and young people to risks such as sexually explicit messages , pornography, attempts to deceive children for sexual purposes, etc. Therefore, parents should closely monitor technological developments, know the sites their children visit most often, the applications they use and the games they play, and the time they spend on the internet and internet. ” he said.
“Make rules about your children’s internet use and be determined to enforce the rules”
Tuncer made the following suggestions to parents to prevent Internet addiction:
“Define the rules and boundaries of how much, where, when and what kind of games your child can play, and act consistently and decisively. Be informed about the content of the games they play, and instead of games with violent elements , they will positively develop their age-appropriate, educational and entertaining development. Guide him in choosing games that will be impactful. Let them play games as their children. From an early age, identify many social activities that they do in their spare time can do outside Educate yourself about healthy and conscious internet use and support them in developing these skills Talk to your child about the positives and negatives of internet use Don’t direct your children to play so they don’t misbehave or disturb you Offer him the opportunity to communicate with his friends face-to-face Educate yourself on the Internet, learn to use the Internet enough to control your child’s Internet use. Set a good example for your children in using digital tools. Use internet filter. Update the filter program regularly. Make a written agreement about internet use, gaming, and daily and weekly limits on internet use and playtime. Be sure to monitor your child’s internet access and departure times. After your child leaves the Internet, monitor what sites he visits and what he does. Extreme fatigue, difficulty getting up in the morning, lethargy, drowsiness, academic failure, indifference to activities that used to be fun, being away from friends, disobedience, opposition, internet use, reacting with rage or anger when the subject of playing games come to the fore can be signs of internet or gaming addiction. Be on the lookout for these signals.”
Take this quiz to find out if your child is addicted to digital games.
Tuncer said a 7-question test can be applied to understand whether the child is addicted to digital games: “If the answer to more than four questions in this list of questions is yes, it will be helpful for their children to take action and seek help from an expert. Your child plays games almost every day. Does he spend a lot of time playing games during the day? For example, does he play 3-4 hours a day? Is the purpose of gaming in the form of excitement or intoxication? Does he feel restless, anxious, nervous, etc. when he is not playing?” Does he give up sports activities to play? Does he play instead of fulfilling his responsibilities (e.g. homework)? Does he try to control his playing behavior, but you fail?”