Understanding ‘Screen Addiction’ during Covid-19

It has been suggested that ‘screen addiction‘ is becoming a real problem, particularly during the COVID-19 lockdowns. If this is the case, it’s more important than ever for children and adults alike, to learn and develop healthier digital habits. 

Compare the market have therefore put together a guide to support this discussion, by exploring some of the following ideas:

  • How technology use has changed over the years (By 2018, 95% 0f 16-24 year-olds own a smartphone and feel ‘lost’ without it)
  • The impact of COVID-19 on screen time use and digital behaviours (smartphone usage in the UK surged by 30% during lockdown)
  • Understanding screen addictions and how our devices affect our brains and change our behaviours (e.g. dopamine-driven reward loops)
  • Helpful tips and useful advice for tackling device addiction, managing gadget and internet use, and creating healthier digital habits.

You can see the full guide here:  https://www.comparethemarket.com/broadband/content/screen-usage-guide/ 

Teaching your teen to manage uncertainty

The team at MyTutor contacted us at the MICE hub in regards to a resource they have created for parents, in conversation with Unmind.

Unmind is a leading mental wellbeing platform who have worked with MyTutor to put together some tips and tricks for parents to share with their teens, to better cope with everyday struggles that they may face.

This resource was created in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainties which it brought on. It presents five top tips for parents to support their child alongside some positivity quotes which could also be shared with their teens. To see this resource click here.

‘Teen body image and self-esteem’ guide

The team at Freederm have contacted us to ask if we could share their useful guide on teen body image and self-esteem.

Their guide (Click here to see) contains helpful information about what can impact a teenager’s mental health, such as fear of missing out, cyberbullying and poor self-acceptance. As well as this, they explain the importance of hygiene, sleep and physical activity for teenagers as they develop, grow and cope with the transitions they are experiencing.

Finally, there is support for adults on how best to talk to teenagers about what they may be coping with or feeling, both when they are already struggling but also in order to support and prepare them for what may lie ahead.