curbi for Adolescents

The recommended amount of screen time for children aged 5 to 18 years of age is a maximum of two hours per day.  Research shows that teens spend an average of one to three hours per day online.  Teens are interested in computer games, including those accessed via the internet.  Teens access the internet for learning, creating online content, and engaging in social networking. 72 percent of 14 year olds have their own material on the internet. It can be easy for time to pass without realising how much time you have spent on any one of these activities.  Accessing the internet can also be a way to avoid, delay, or distract from things like studying or doing chores.         

Pushing limits is a typical and essential part of your teen gaining independence, so they can become responsible adults. It is essential at this age that you have a collaborative discussion with your child regarding internet usage. Highlight with your teen why you think social media is positive, rather than taking a stance that is in direct contrast to their beliefs. Work with them and discuss when they might find it hard to limit their use, give examples of your own experiences of getting distracted. Let them come up with some suggestions for limit use and then work with them to mould this into clear guidelines.

There is now some sound evidence that the frontal lobe of the brain, which assists with impulse control, planning and decision-making, is not fully developed until 25 years of age and later for some people. A developmental milestone is for teens to be able to self-monitor their behaviour.   It is important that teens are given greater autonomy, as they get older so that they are able to self-monitor.  Sometimes, however, parents need to be involved in setting limits.  This is best achieved through negotiation between parents and teens, with clear rules identified.  For example, letting your teen know that you can monitor how long they are spending on any given website. 

You can block your teen from being tempted to “quickly check” what is happening on Facebook when they really need to be focusing on study.  You can see for yourself whether it seems they might be becoming “addicted” to a particular website. 

So as an adolescent, sometimes rules are broken.  A very common consequence that parents use is to take the phone away.  This is almost like taking a vital organ away for some teens!  With curbi, parents can implement any consequences such as banning the internet for a period of time, without the need to confiscate the phone.  curbi gives parents and teen’s peace of mind.


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Pitman, S. August, 2008.  The impact of media technologies on child development and wellbeing.

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), 2004.  Children and the Media: Advocating for the future. 

Raising Children Network. The Australian Parenting Network.


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