Dr. Nalin of Paradigm Malibu Treatment Center explains, on Two Way Radio, the connection between the time teens spend online, the activities they do online, and their self-esteem. He also gives powerful advice for parents on how to teach teens healthy and safe use of technology.
Dr. Nalin wants teens to know that self-worth is not based on how people react to them online. It’s okay to share the real you online. He reminds us that building relationships is a process that should take much more time than a connecting online.
When use of the internet begins to interfere with other areas of life, your teen may have an addiction, which is often associated with mental health symptoms such as anxiety and depression. They may act obsessed with being online, turning to the internet to relieve these feelings loneliness or anxiety.