Screenagers: How to curb smartphone addiction

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NEW YORK (NBC News) New data shows teens can’t resist the pull of electronic devices, and parents don’t know how to help. 

According to a Pew Research Center survey, more than half of teens between the ages of 13 to 17 say the thought of going even a short time without their phone gives them anxiety.

The report also showed two-thirds of parents are concerned about their teen’s screen time, but many struggle to manage it.

“This is not about arbitrary or no tech at all rules. In fact, that’s the one thing we’ve learned really does not work,” says tech columnist Jennifer Jolly. 

Instead, experts suggest making teens aware of screen time and offering tools to control it. For example, Screen Time comes with the latest IOS update, and Digital Well-Being is available on all Android devices. You can also access time-trackers and a display of social media habits in the settings tab on Instagram and Facebook.

“Take a look at those numbers with them. This isn’t about yelling at them,” Jolly says. “It’s ‘how do you feel about the time your spending online?'”

The Google Family Link app also has an update to help monitor your teen’s phone. Parents can also lock a phone through the app, or with voice commands through Google Assistant. 


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