How parents can get their teen’s social media addiction in check

SMART PHONES AND INTERESTING TO DO WITH SOCIAL MEDIA ARE HOT ITEMS THIS YEAR AND MANY KIDS WANT TO BE PART OF THAT ALWAYS CONNECTED LIFESTYLE BUT AS NEWSCHANNEL 8'S PAUL MUELLER TELLS US, THEY CAN HAVE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES

Reporter: SHOPPERS ARE LINING UP TO BUY NEW PHONES AND TABLETS BUT PARENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION IT'S LIKE AN INSTINCT Reporter: ALICIA SOTO ADMITS SHE SPENDS MORE TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAN ANYWHERE ELSE DOES IT SCARE YOU THAT YOU RELY ON YOUR PHONE SO MUCH? SOMETIMES, I REALIZE WHEN I GET IT TAKEN AWAY, I'M LIKE EMPTY WITHOUT IT Reporter: SHE IS NOT ALONE

A STUDY BY COMMON SENSE MEDIA REVEALS MORE THAN 60% OF KIDS ARE ADDICTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA ONE OF ALICIA'S FORMER TEACHERS AGREES I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY MORE COULD BE ADDICTED THERE'S A LOT OF THEM Reporter: IT MAKES TEENS SOCIALLY ISOLATED, LESS FACE TO FACE TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY

EVERYONE STUDENT HAS A PHONE IN THEIR POCKET, WALKING AROUND AND LOOKING AT IT Reporter: EVERY ONE OF THEM? I WOULD SAY 99% OF THEM Reporter: THE CHALLENGE IS GETTING THE MOST OUT OF TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT LETTING IT GET OUT OF CONTROL A PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY SAID THAT PARENTS NEED TO STEP IN YOU NEED TO BE ENGAGED WITH THE CHILD AND WHAT THEY'RE WATCHING AND DOWNLOADING AND SEEING

IT HAS TO BE AN OPEN DIALOGUE Reporter: THE NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDE LACK OF SLEEP, FRUSTRATION AND IRRITABILITY IF YOU PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN, HOW LONG COULD YOU KEEP IT DOWN THERE? PROBABLY NO MORE THAN 5 MINUTES Reporter: IF YOU BUY THE

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