We live in a time where everything is easily accessible via our fingertips. Cell phones are an extremely useful invention, allowing us to stay connected with friends and family and up to date on the latest news and trends.

However, this rise in technology has caused new forms of addiction, as the need for acceptance seems to be more important than ever. Teens are under an increasing amount of social pressure, and the Internet and social media have amplified these pressures, leading to increased anxiety and depression in teens. Below, we outline steps you can take to protect your child’s mental and physical health and make digital media a more balanced part of his or her life.

Facilitate face time

Technology can connect and isolate at the same time. Texting and communicating via social platforms are forms of faceless communication. From a young age, it’s essential to teach your child the importance of confronting his or her issues with others in person, rather than behind a cell phone or computer screen.

Instill self-esteem

Social media only shows the highlights of life. It’s easy for teens to compare themselves to others because of this. Let your child know that his or her worth is not defined by how many “likes” he or she gets. Help your child discover passions other than social media and encourage him or her to pursue those things.

Unplug and get outside

Make it a priority to go outside with your child every week – even if it’s just a short walk around the block. Time spent outside and disconnected from the digital world builds confidence and promotes creativity, imagination, responsibility and awareness. It also reduces stress and fatigue.

If you feel your child is struggling with anxiety or depression, you might be interested in learning more about our Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative Services. South Bay strives to provide the proper programs, certified staff members and clinicians for the perfect combination of professional therapy and guidance.

For more information, contact us at 508-521-2200 or click here.