A mere three decades ago, digital technology and computers were remote privileges of the elite as exclusive business tools, academic helpmates and scientific instruments. Only high-end businessmen and companies relied on mobile car phones, and these archaic devices were often welded into limo and vehicle consoles. Fortunately, all that changed.
We all agree technological advancements and accessibility provide us ease with life, affordable communication and information at our fingertips. We have more options to connect with each other than ever before: video calls, text messages, social media posts and updates. We can book travel and experiences ourselves for a fraction of past costs. It is hard to imagine life without our devices. Yet, we once survived without them and must realize we still can.
The original purposes of home computers and cell phone “family plans” were:
Rest assured, technology can still serve these higher purposes! Nothing has changed except our relationships with our computers, cell phones and other devices. We have lost sight of their intended functions in our lives, and given them powers they don’t deserve.
Our exciting but reflective therapeutic programs are a start to breaking technology’s hold on young lives. Parents, however, are our most important resource in help for teen addictions. When you commit to a plan to manage digital influences in your home, you automatically reinforce the sensible perspectives and positive behaviors our programs aim to inspire.
You will have a difficult time gently coaxing teens away from their screens if you are always staring at yours. A “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude from parents will only confuse teens, or make them defiant. First, evaluate your own digital behavior. Plan to eliminate these habits now:
Try these more appropriate and safer alternatives instead:
It is time for a change when your teen’s social media updates, text messages, IMs, chat notifications and video calls dictate their sleep and waking cycles. Each individual’s schedule is unique. Your teen can’t continually adjust to the countless schedules of friends and associates who may want to reach out when it is most convenient for them.
Two old fashioned devices are quite useful in managing a constant digital imposition on normal rest, sleep and body rhythms: an alarm clock and a light switch. Our bodies are actually already quite accustomed to responding to both. Use these tried-and-true signals to wake up and fall asleep to regulate your home’s digital cycles as well.
Today’s tech-savvy boys and girls figured out to delete browsing histories to hide their online porn site visitations, or sign in as a different user to access less-restricted browsing options under other identities.
You can easily block pornography and other explicit content from the family’s desktops, as well as individuals’ computers and laptops. Open DNS Family Shield is just one service you can use to filter websites, block URLs, and detect sexually-explicit pages before they load. You can also explore the “Network Settings” division of the Control Panel to set high bars for which sites any teen’s laptop and tablet browsers can enter, and follow similar procedures on their cell phones.
If all else fails, you may have to pay. Multiple software programs give you help for teen addictions by automatically imprisoning pornography through a constantly updated list of banned sites, unprecedented detection settings and vigilante filter systems.