Triora warns of the danger of youngsters developing addictions to new technologies during the summer break

Triora warns of the danger of youngsters developing addictions to new technologies during the summer break

Triora, specialists in the treatment of addictions, warn of the danger to youngsters during the summer of acquiring bad habits and even suffering from addiction problems due to the use of video games and new technology. Having more free time to access new technologies such as mobile phones, video games and social networks, and less vigilance and control on the part of parents who tend to be more permissive at this time is the most common cause.

Antonio Soto, psychologist and director of New Addictions in Triora, recommends that parents “schedule a time for the use of video games and devices in accordance with the age of the children; to use security and protection applications such as firewalls and parental control; and to encourage leisure activities and outdoor physical activity to prevent video games and electronic devices from being the usual way to occupy free time“.

Triora warns of the danger of youngsters developing addictions to new technologies during the summer break

At the same time, our experts point out that the problem is more relevant when children are younger, as they are more vulnerable to inappropriate content and to acquiring unhealthy habits that can lead, amongst other things, to sleep disorders and social problems.

According to data from the latest "Survey on drug use in secondary education in Spain" (ESTUDES 2016-2017), published by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, around 21 percent of students between 14 and 18 years display a "compulsive use of the internet" and 6.4 percent participate in online gambling, which, in both cases, according to the psychologist, "even without being a consolidated addiction, reflects a very worrisome reality for the immediate future. "

That’s why, Antonio Soto recommends that parents be alert for signs of danger in their children such as significant changes in daily habits related to sleep, nutrition or excessive sedentary lifestyle. Other warning signs can be isolation, loss of interest in other activities or frequent changes in mood, especially if they are accompanied by sudden or even aggressive reactions when limits are placed on the use of mobile phones or video games.

Our expert recommends that parents ask for professional assistance for their children when they begin to detect those symptoms. “Let’s not wait until those signs become serious before asking for guidance or therapeutic help since the recovery of healthy habits, in the initial phases of the problem, is much simpler and a simple outpatient treatment with follow-up is usually enough "said Triora’s therapist.



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