Carrie Krawiec, LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently featured in an interview on mSpy.com. In it, they discuss major issues affecting children today, such as video game addiction, cyberbullying, and social media, as well as some tips on recognizing harmful habits and behaviors as kids spend more and more time online. Here is an excerpt:
mSpy: In your opinion, why do kids turn to online games, social media, and other online activities?
Carrie Krawiec: Kids are motivated by what their peers are doing so social motivators are going to be heavily influencing. Also, the apps are usually novel, colorful and have some sort of competitive component. Teens do not like to be left out and participating makes them feel “in.”