Addiction to internet is a highly sensitive topic amongst top researchers and there are varied responses to what actually can be defined as addiction of internet usage. The internet is used as not just a tool anymore but as part of our daily makeup. Almost like oxygen. Our daily activities are almost dependent on online applications, websites and platforms and it creates an undeniable reliance on the internet to accomplish our tasks and activities. But the question which arises here is- ‘When does usage of internet becomes an addiction?’.

What is internet addiction, and does it affect our young ones?

In a general definition, Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm. In context, the inability to stop using the internet even though it is affecting our lives leads to an addiction to the internet. And if we as adults in the 21st century have a problem with over- reliance and over-consumption of the online platforms, it is imperative that our children and youngsters are facing the same issue. The only difference is the new generation is exposed to the internet at a very young age and it is quite an early phase to rely completely on the internet.

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Overuse vs Addiction

The terms overuse and addiction, though being on a thin ice, are quite different from each other. Depending on the occupation, requirement, hobby, interests, overuse of the online platforms is not really an unexpected phenomenon. But once it starts affecting your day-to-day activities, your physical and psychological performance and your behavioural attributes, this overuse tends to become an addiction, especially for children and youngsters. Overuse of social media, mobile applications, online games etc. can cause a deteriorating impact on the young ones specially during their developmental stages which may affect the cognitive process of their brain and can also affect their physical activities.

Internet addiction affects folks of all ages, especially children.

Internet being a necessary evil for all folks alike, if not used under supervision, may lead to irreversible impact, especially on the children. Due to the lockdown and restrictions, it is highly possible that the exposure to the internet may cause a dependency on their devices, consoles, games etc., and can lead them to a phase where life without internet is something unimaginable. This not only takes away the resourcefulness and practicality of internet use but also creates a negative view about the internet, which in retrospection, provides your children with inconsumable amount of information. It can be addictive, and things not taken in moderation have negative effects.

Need of the hour – Parental Supervision over internet usage.

The first thing that comes to mind is, can there be a system in place which eliminates the overuse and gradual addiction to the internet? Yes, there is. A specific routine which involves use of internet and other activities for the psychological and physiological development of kids can be extremely crucial in avoiding any kind of addiction to technology and the internet. A system in which adequate amount of time is allotted for the internet which encompasses the social media, academics, gaming, streaming videos etc. not only enhances internet usage but also generates ample time to catch up with the life outside of the internet.

iKydz, at your service.

At iKydz, we have designed a technology which gives the parents an ultimate solution to curb the overuse of internet by their children. Specific time slot, internet access times for all and specific applications, websites, games etc., helps you to create an environment in which a child is benefited from the internet for the required amount of time, thereby eliminating overuse and probable addiction. You do not have to physically snatch their consoles, their gadgets but you create a rule set over the WiFi which grants enough time online for their schoolwork, entertainment, and relaxation etc.

Help children help themselves.

Having a system which allows sufficient use of the internet without going into ‘overuse’ territory, not only make internet a better place to work with, but also creates a healthy and thriving environment for the kids to grow up in. Remember, it is always in your hands to install a state-of-the-art infrastructure which grants access to moderate usage of internet and never to fall in the abyss that is the internet addiction.

With iKydz award-winning internet controls you can:
• Filter content
• Schedule online access
• Block unsuitable websites and apps
• Apply restrictions to YouTube
• Block or manage access to social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat
• Manage access to online games such as Fortnite, Roblox and Minecraft.

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