Tip sheet for Parents – Excessive Internet Use
Excessive Internet Use happens when an individual uses the Internet to the extent where he/she experiences problematic outcomes that negatively affect his/her life. Learn more about the negative impact of excessive internet use on our children, the signs of excessive internet use, and what parents can do to help their children manage their use of digital devices.
Singapore is one of the most wired places on Earth. It is common to see people swiping at their mobile devices on the go, at the shops and at food courts and restaurants. Our mobile penetration rate was 149.8% in 20161 http://www.singstat.gov.sg/statistics/latest-data#8 , which means that on average, every person in Singapore owns at least one phone.
Our children are digital natives and Internet savvy. The MDA Zero-to-Fourteen Consumer Experience Study 2015 https://tinyurl.com/mru6nzy showed that most of our children went online most days of the week using their smartphones and started using the Internet at 6 years old. Is this true for your child?
Start by watching this video “Tips for Healthier Screen Time” produced by ECDA (Early Childhood Development Agency). Dr Jared Ng, Consultant, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Department of Community Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health shares tips for healthier screen time.