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Teenage Behavior Problems: Inappropriate Cell Phone Use

Teenage Behavior Problems: Inappropriate Cell Phone Use

Among teenage behavior problems, inappropriate cell phone use is a relatively new one that really only begun about 10 to 15 years ago. In an article by TIME magazine, the issues surrounding teen cell phone use were discussed. CommonSense Media recently released a survey reporting that nearly half of teens feel they have an addiction to their cell phone–and parents agree. In this internet age, people are still just beginning to understand that what you put online will most likely last forever; many young people don’t fully grasp this and end up making bad decisions on the internet that will haunt them for years.teenage behavior problems

Dangers lurking on the internet

Smart phones have made it incredibly easy for your teen to access the internet. This greater access has it’s pros, but the cons can be dangerous.

Many teenage behavior problems revolve around the internet and cell phones now. It’s just another way your teen can use it as a weapon of spite–but it can lead to serious consequences. These can be embarrassing messages, predators, identity thieves, online manipulators, and more.

It’s easy for parents to convey the dangers of talking to strangers in real life because they had to deal with it growing up–but the digital world is different. Parents of teens today didn’t really have to deal with these types of teenage behavior problems growing up, so it makes it all more complicated and harder to understand.

Tips for dealing with teenage behavior problems surrounding the internet

If you’re struggling with teenage behavior problems and you’ve found something alarming on one of your teen’s devices, it’s helpful to have some tips on how to deal with such a new and sensitive issue:

Stay Calm

Remember, you didn’t have to deal with this growing up, so you need to look at it in a nonjudgmental, levelheaded way. Otherwise you may not be able to convey your worry over teenage behavior problems to your child efficiently.

Listen to Them

Don’t beat around the bush, be open and honest about what you’re worried about because of what you found. Don’t start bringing up the things your teen has done in the past because that’ll just make them shut down–try to understand what their motive and reasoning are.

Reasonable Rules

Even before you find something alarming, it’s important to have certain limits. These can be things like no “friending” strangers, no screen-time after a certain time, and being sure that your teen’s accounts have the correct privacy settings. Don’t be overbearing, though. Shutting down their access completely will often lead to them accessing it in a more unsafe way and being more risky.

Show Interest

Teenage behavior problems often arise when parents don’t understand what their teen is doing and they’re running wild. Even if you’re not interested in Instagram, ask why they like it and what they’re into on it. This will not only help you familiarize yourself with what they’re doing online, but it creates a more positive relationship between what your teen is doing online and you.

Be Supportive

Make sure your teen knows you’re always there if they make a mistake and you’ll help them through it no matter what. This way, your teen can rely on you to be supportive and you can help them through challenging situations.

Know Your Limitations

When teenage behavior problems get out of hand, as a parent it’s okay to ask for help. Sometimes issues get to be too much for parents to handle alone–it’s nothing to be ashamed of. In this case, it’s important to reach out to a professional for further guidance on how to help your child move forward.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center handles teenage behavior problems, contact us today at 801-825-5222!

 

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