How to tell if you’re on the verge of becoming an internet addict

A growing number of parents are reporting a growing trend in children who are increasingly becoming internet addicts.

In Australia, a growing number are reporting the use of social media and other online media as a primary coping mechanism.

According to a survey of parents in the US, almost 70 per cent of parents said their children were using social media to cope with their stress.

The use of Facebook and Instagram has increased from a small number of kids in the 1980s and 90s to more than 80 per cent in the last five years.

“I see it as a coping mechanism to deal with a lot of stress and anxiety,” one mother, who asked not to be named, told ABC TV.

Social media has become a tool for children to escape and social media has changed the way parents communicate.

When my child was a little kid, he would read to us on his phone and I would listen to him through his headphones.

Now we don’t even use the phone anymore.

We’re just listening to him.

He’s listening to the news.

What he is doing is learning to listen to the world around him. 

He can listen to all the information.

So it’s a very different way of communicating.

It’s just not a safe way of doing things.

In the US survey, parents were more likely to report using social networks in the previous six months than before the recession.

A majority of parents (70 per cent) said they were “getting used to using social networking” and were not concerned about the risks of their children’s use.

Some parents also said they had been using social apps and websites for the past two years or more.

I have two kids in primary school and I have a little older child, who I used to have to watch him.

If he’s still using these apps and sites, I don’t know what to do.

Many parents are worried their children will be addicted to social media.

One mother told the ABC her 11-year-old son, who is in his third year at school, was using social platforms regularly and “it just became like an addiction”.

“I know my son has been doing it since he was about four years old,” she said.

“It’s really scary because I know what he’s doing, I know he’s trying to find the most comfortable thing to do and that’s not good.

He’s using social tools to cope.”

Parents are also concerned that social media can lead to “internet-induced psychosis” in young children, as they struggle to cope in a world of constant distraction.

Parents are increasingly reporting their children using social network sites as a means to escape their daily worries.

Children’s lives are being shaped by their online presence and it is often hard for parents to tell when their child is engaging in internet addiction.

Dr Matthew Pritchard from the Australian Institute of Psychiatry told ABC Radio National that parents needed to be aware of the risks and that it was important to monitor children’s mental health.

“They need to be able to look at the screen and know if they’re having issues, if they’ve got an anxiety or depression or anything like that,” he said.

While some parents believe the internet has changed how they communicate, others are concerned that they are “getting away with” things they are not being taught in school.

‘The world is watching’A growing number also are concerned their children are using the internet to cope.

“If you’re using it as an escape, it’s not really going to change the fact that you’re there,” a mother told ABC News Breakfast.

She said she had “seen some really worrying behaviour” in her son, including a recent incident in which his phone was turned off.

This is where he’s now using Facebook and his Facebook account has been banned.

My daughter has been using Facebook for years and she’s still doing it, but it’s becoming more common now that I don.

Even her friends on Facebook are telling me what they’re doing. 

I just don’t understand why it’s happening, she said in an interview with ABC Radio Sydney.

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