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Parents of teens more concerned about internet addiction than drug use, study finds: ‘Problematic patterns’

More parents are concerned about internet addiction by their adolescent children than substance addiction, according to the results of a survey published in JAMA Network Open on Oct. 26.

Parents of children aged 9 to 15 years see internet use as a double-edged sword. While it fosters a sense of family connectedness, it is also a concern due to the potential for negative consequences, such as cyberbullying and addiction, the study found.

“Our results remind us that no conversation about the impact of internet technologies on our youth is complete without consideration of both the positive and negative impacts, and acknowledgment of how experiences may differ among families,” study author Michael Milham, M.D., PhD, vice president and director of research at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, told Fox News Digital.

The study highlighted the need for further collaboration between families, communities and the tech industry, Ginder added.

“The good news is that parents have an incredible influence and can be in the driver’s seat when it comes to setting guidelines and educating their children on healthy internet use.”

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