“If you detect the addiction early enough, you can teach your children to self-regulate, without having to police,” she advised.
His comments follow news that children under the age of 13 are being treated for digital technology – with one-third of British children aged 12 to 15 admitting they do not have a good balance between hours spent in front of the screen and other activities.
“When people think about addiction, they tend to think about substances – but it’s really a pattern of behavior that can manifest itself in many different ways,” Saligari said, naming food obsessions, causing damage to self and sexting as an example.
Concerns have increased recently relative to the number of young people who are used to sending or receiving adult images or accessing age inappropriate content online through their devices.
Saligari, who runs the Harley Street Charter Clinic in London, said nearly two-thirds of patients seeking treatment for addiction are between the ages of 16 and 20 – a “dramatic increase” in ten years, but many of them patients were even younger.
Source: An addiction expert says giving a smartphone to a child is like giving him a gram of cocaine in the article