There are various warning signs of Internet Addiction. Some of which may include getting angry/agitated when online time is interrupted, disobeying time limit for time spent online and losing track of time when online. Visit our page here for more information.

Generally, should the Internet become an interference with your life (e.g. daily activities, disrupts relationships with family and friends, school, etc…) you might be facing the issue of Internet Addiction.

Should your child display several warning signs, there can be a possibility of your child having a problem with the Internet. Also, you can take the ‘Internet Addiction Test’ to have a gauge of where your child stands in the context of Internet Addiction.
To stop your child from excessive use of Internet, some possible ways are to set a time limit for Internet use or plan alternative activities with your child to reduce the time spent on the Internet. It will help to begin by spending more quality time with your children and remind them that you love him or her and that you care about his or her happiness and well-being. However, should you feel that the excessive usage of Internet is affecting you or your child’s daily life, do seek professional help.
When your child refuses to get off the Internet, perhaps you can first find out from him/her why he/she doesn’t want to get off the Internet. It is important to understand your child’s needs and wants to then be able to work together on reducing the excessive use of Internet or refusal to get off the Internet. It is also important for parent to learn the computer terms (both technical and popular) and be comfortable with the computer, at least enough to know what your child is doing online. Take an active interest in the Internet and learn about where your child goes online.

However, should you feel that your child’s refusal to get off the Internet is becoming an increasingly serious issue, do seek professional help.

There are several ways to prevent Internet Addiction. Some of the possible ways include using the Internet in an open area, so that others will know what you do on the Internet and not being secretive about it. You can also limit your Internet usage and ensure that you stick to your time limit. Other ways include identifying negative feelings and triggers that lead you to turn to the Internet. All in, there are many different ways to prevent Internet Addiction but the main prevention is to practice self-management when engaged with Internet-related activities.

Try to occupy your time by rebuilding the face to face social network, family relationship and hobbies.

Internet Addiction is not yet termed a medical condition as of now but it is currently pending in DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) to be included as part of a mental condition.
(Here at MeToYou) there are a variety of interventions available for Internet Addiction. Such treatments include group works/support group, whereby identified persons can attend an approximately 6 sessions’ course that aims to provide psycho-education, work on stress, anger and mood management, planning ahead and preparing for future challenges as well as to provide support for the identified persons. To understand more about the services and programmes MeToYou provides, visit our page here.
MeToYou Cyber Care is one of the avenues to seek support for should you feel your child might be addicted to the Internet. Contact us for more information.