Online friendships and electronics addiction

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Online friendships and electronics addiction

If you are worried that your daughter is addicted to her phone or her computer and is constantly engaged in the internet, what you can do is pay attention to see, is she actually getting together with her friends outside of her time with them online. If she is getting together with her real friends offline, to do real activities; then her online time actually helps support those relationships. If your daughter, however, is just connecting online only and is not actually getting together with people in real life; that's when it's more concerning. Some of the things that you can do is make choices as a family to limit the time that she has access to her phone or her computer. These things are very addictive and she needs your help to modulate her connection with them. You can do this in an age-appropriate way. What you may want to do is not let her use her cellphone or watch television during the week, but have times on the weekend when that's possible for her to do. As she gets older, you can engage her in using more self modulation about her choices about when she is going to be online and when she isn't.

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SuEllen Hamkins, MD

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SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist, author and founding member of the Mother-Daughter Project, a community of women and girls that developed powerful, practical ways to help mothers and daughters stay connected and thrive through adolescence. Co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence, Dr. Hamkins has given numerous presentations for parents and psychotherapists around the world, focusing on mothers, daughters, their relationships and the kinds of communities that nurture them.  As the psychiatrist for the Smith College Counseling Service from 1992-2004, SuEllen offered consultation to over a thousand women ages 16 to 23 to help them resist and overcome problems such as anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety, trauma, assault, and self-injury.  In addition to her work on behalf of mothers and daughters, as the Assistant Director for Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she has been instrumental in developing strengths-based, narrative approaches to psychotherapy and psychiatric practice, helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of serious difficulties.  SuEllen is the mother of two daughters, now 17 and 22, and raising them has been the most thrilling and rewarding work of her life. She lives with her husband and younger daughter in western Massachusetts, where they love to swim outdoors, cross country ski, shoe snow, dance, cook and lounge around in the living room, reading. 

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