Children today face a mental health crisis. Smartphones are making it

I am the father of two teenage sons, only without smartphones in their respective grades. Their pictures – and the “Cool Factor” – hit because I won’t let them get these digital drugs.

As a psychologist with decades of experience in the field of addiction, I tell my kids, “I take care of your brain, not your image.” The contemptuous eye rolls and the uncomfortable withdrawal presumably follows.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, today’s teens spend up to nine hours a day on a screen or smartphone, while children between the ages of 8 and 12 spend four to six hours. Many teens spend more time on the screen than they sleep, and some admit that they use them too much.

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