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Ask an expert: Should I be worried about how much time my child spends gaming or on his phone or other electronic device?

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Zoe E Breen Zoe E Breen | 16:13 UK time, Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Answered by our panel of experts:

Lots of parents worry about how much time their children are spending online or wedded to their mobile. If you find that they are online for hours on end, or at the expense of everything else - sport, homework, talking to anyone in the real world - then you may want to think about stepping in.

Bear in mind that for most children there is no distinction between online and offline activity - it is just communication to them. However, being online all of the time is not good. One group of children said 'if they do it so much they get boring then that's too much' which is a pretty good rule of thumb!

If you are a parent and are worried about your teen or child over-sharing online visit the Share Take Care: Ask an expert page to read the advice our panel of experts gave other parents.

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