A majority of today’s teens have never experienced life without the internet. They have used the internet since they were old enough to touch a screen and eagerly learn to utilize new technologies as quickly as it can be created. For many teens their use of the internet and technology can blossom into an addiction and in some cases the addiction involves internet pornography and cyber-sexual activity. Some teens become so obsessed with their on-line activity that all other important activities in their lives are neglected. When this occurs, there is no other way to describe this phenomena other than a tech addiction. Most teens addicted to porn access the explicit materials through technology. Most teens who engage in reckless sexual activity find partners using technology. We are often asked by parents “How do we break our child’s addiction to technology?” Our answer is simple……STAR Guides.
Signs of Teen Technology, Internet, Porn and Sex Addiction include:
The obvious intervention for tech and internet addiction is to unplug the teen from technology for a period of time while providing opportunities to learn to manage life without a dependence on technology and the internet. STAR Guides provides families with an excuse to “unplug” from the internet and spend time actually working on solutions for family problems and conflicts that stem from overuse of technology.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.