Can kids become addicted to their smartphone, video games, social media, or Youtube?

Absolutely they can!

In today’s episode, I explain the psychology behind this behavioral addiction, and what you can do as a Modern Parent o set up a household that encourages a healthy balance between offline and online activities. 


The Ultimate Guide to Kids & Tech

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Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll learn in this episode:

  • [00:30] I talk about a recent family ritual (a family birthday party) that served as an excuse for family bonding.
  • [04:27] There are both pros and cons to allowing kids to use tech devices. A huge downside to technology is that kids can become addicted to them. Learn the definition of a behavioral addiction and and ask yourself the 4 important questions to see if your child has a behavioral addiction.
  • [08:24] I break down the psychology for you regarding why behavioral addictions are so hard to break – and what you can do to interrupt this addiction.
  • [13:10] But there are benefits to exposing your child to technology, and you need to understand both the pros and cons in order to create tech guidelines for your home.
  • [18:00] Understand the tactics that tech companies use to get kids addicted to their products.
  • [19:30] I break down the 3 important basic psychological needs that needs to be met within or child at home – otherwise, they will search out tech to fulfill these needs!
  • [25:30] Now that you have a better idea of how you want to integrate tech use in your household, I give you some great advice on how to communicate your tech guidelines effectively to your child that promotes autonomy, mastery, and relatedness.

You’re going to get some really great information in today’s episode!

This is the first in a series of episodes on kids and tech. In the next episode, I’m going to do a deep dive into best practices for healthy use of smartphones for kids and teens.


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