Rubén García

May 16, 2022

11 questions to ponder if your teenager may be having a problem with Internet use

This is the fourth time I have told you to turn off your smartphone!

There is no doubt that the world has changed in recent decades. If you're over 35-40 years old, chances are you've heard that same phrase from your parents' mouths. But with the word television where it says smartphone.

And possibly you resisted it as much as your teenager does now.

People who smile while they are alone used to be called insane, until we invented smartphones and social media. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Problematic Internet Use Scale in adolescents (PIUS-a)

  1. When I’m online I feel that time flies and hours pass without me realizing it

  2. I’ve sometimes tried to control or reduce my Internet use, but I couldn’t

  3. I sometimes prefer to be online than to be with people (family or friends)

  4. I’m starting to like more and more spending hours connected to Internet

  5. I sometimes get irritated or in a bad mood because I can’t connect to Internet

  6. I prefer that my parents don’t know how long I spend online because they would think it was too much

  7. I’ve stopped going to places or doing things that interested me before so as to connect to the Internet

  8. I’ve sometimes got into trouble because of the Internet

  9. It annoys me to spend hours without connecting to Internet

  10. When I can’t connect I can’t stop thinking that I might be missing something important

  11. I say or do things on Internet that I wouldn’t be capable of saying/doing in person

Ask them to rate each one according to this agreement scale: never (0), rarely (1), sometimes (2), many times (3), always (4). Add up the total. You may want to ask for professional help if the score is 16 or more.

When parents see their children's problems as opportunities to build the relationship instead of as negative, burdensome irritations, it totally changes the nature of parent-child interaction. Stephen Covey

Rubén García

Son-Husband-Father & Pediatrician 👨🏼‍⚕️: Writing Atomic Essays ⚛ at #ship30for30 🚢 about Self-Improvement, Productivity and Parenting | Ongoing learner #GTD #BASB 🚀