More children getting help for Internet addiction

Experts urge parents to do more to limit screen time for kids, as behavioural problems surface

File photo of a woman using her smartphone. The number of patients with cyber wellness issues such as social media addiction is increasing, according to counsellors and psychologists.
File photo of a woman using her smartphone. The number of patients with cyber wellness issues such as social media addiction is increasing, according to counsellors and psychologists. PHOTO: ST FILE

Can't put down your smartphone or stop playing online games?

Counsellors and psychologists are seeing more patients - some as young as five - with behavioural problems such as aggression and social withdrawal that stem from addiction to video gaming, social media or Internet porn.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2018, with the headline 'More children getting help for Internet addiction'. Subscribe