As TalkTalk’s Loneliness and Technology report reveals that 41% of parents have never discussed loneliness with teens, we’ve created these tips to help parents support teens on the issue with the help of digital parenting expert Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov.
Scrolling social media feeds, looking for likes or comments, checking emails can be a fun activity, but when those activities border on the obsessive, it might be helpful to change routines.
Suggest new ways for your teenage children to foster friendships offline so that they can engage in different activities and can get involved in diverse communities offline.
Changing routines may help change their perspective. You may want to encourage children to explore the physical world around them, by volunteering for community activities or supporting a cause on or offline. Your teenage children may find like-minded peers with whom they have many things in common, both online and In-Real-Life, thus promoting a real sense of belonging.
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