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The idea of having a screen addiction is a scary one, especially when it could be potentially harmful for your child. Here are five warning signs to be aware of:

Losing Interest In Other Activities

Would they rather spend time watching videos on YouTube over playing outside or participating in a sport? This is a red flag to be aware of.

Using Screens As A Mood-Booster

If your child is turning to a screen when they need a “boost” of happiness, or need to use it as a comfort when they are bummed out, this could be a sign of over-dependency.

They Are Sneaky About Their Usage

Have you caught them on their phones or devices after lights out? Or when they should be doing homework or chores?  This could be the sign of an unhealthy relationship with screens.

Screens Are Interfering With Relationships

Whether it’s with family, friends, or even romantic if they are older, relationships of any kind should not be built around a screen. At home, a fight or argument could stem from screen usage, while cell phone usage could be interfering with quality friend time.

They experience withdrawal

If taking the phone, video game, iPad, etc. away from your child is a constant and frustrating battle, they could be experiencing symptoms of withdrawal.

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