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Transcript of internet addiction
-Expose kids to other hobbies and activities, such as team sports, and afterschool clubs.
-Monitor computer use and set clear limits.
-Talk to your child about underlying issues. Compulsive computer use can be the sign of deeper problems. Internet Addiction Test (IAT) Is the first validated instrument to assess Internet addiction. Studies have found that the IAT is a reliable measure that covers the key characteristics of pathological online use. The test measures the extent of a client’s involvement with the computer and classifies the addictive behavior in terms of mild, moderate, and severe impairment. IAT it the first global psychometric measure validated in England, Italy and France.
The test consists of twenty questions with answers rated from 1 to 5, which produces a score from 20 to 100. Internet addiction Types of internet/computer addictions -Net Compulsions
-Cybersex Addiction How much is too much Internet usage? How do people become addicted to the Internet? Spending a lot of time online only becomes a problem when it absorbs too much of your time, causing you to neglect your relationships, your work, school, or other important things in your life. If you keep repeating compulsive Internet behavior despite the negative consequences in your offline life, then it’s time to strike a new balance. Many people turn to the Internet in order to manage unpleasant feelings such as stress, loneliness, depression, and anxiety. When you have a bad day and are looking for a way to escape your problems or to quickly relieve stress or self-soothe, the Internet can be an easily accessible outlet. Risk factors for internet addiction -You suffer from anxiety: you may use the Internet to distract yourself from your worries and fears.
-You are depressed: the Internet can be an escape from feelings of depression, but too much time online can make things worse.
-You lack social support: internet addicts often use social networking sites, instant messaging, or online gaming as a safe way of establishing new relationships and more confidently relating to others.
-You are stressed: while some people use the Internet to relieve stress, it can have a counterproductive effect. The longer you spend online, the higher your stress levels will be General warning signs that your Internet use may have become a problem: -Losing track of time online
-Isolation from family and friends
-Feeling guilty or defensive about your Internet use
-Feeling a sense of euphoria while involved in Internet activities Physical symptoms -Pain and numbness in hands and wrists
-Dry eyes or strained vision
-Back aches and neck aches; severe headaches
-Weight gain or weight loss http://www.netaddiction.com/index.php?option=com_bfquiz&view=onepage&catid=46&Itemid=106 ? Compulsive online gaming, gambling (online or virtual casinos), stock trading, or compulsive use of online auction sites, often resulting in financial and job-related problems. Net Compulsions Information Overload Compulsive web surfing or database searching, leading to lower work productivity and less social interaction with family and friends. Computer Addiction Obsessive playing of off-line computer games or obsessive computer programming. Cyber-Relationship Addiction Addiction to social networking, chat rooms, and instant messaging, online friends become more important than real-life relationships with family and friends. Cybersex Addiction Compulsive use of Internet pornography, adult chat rooms, or adult fantasy role-play sites. AND... ...Show this video :)