Parent-Child Internet Addiction Test

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How do you know if your child may be addicted to the Internet? Many parents at least ask their children how much time they\'re spending on the Internet. Trouble is, most kids are apt to lie, especially if they\'re already addicted. If the computer is in their room, you have no way of knowing the truth. The following test may help you determine if you are dealing with Internet addiction in your home.

The following Parent-Child Internet Addiction test will help you determine if you may be dealing with Internet Addiction in your home. (*Internet addiction is not a psychiatric disorder as defined by the DSM IV.)

Instructions: This 20-item questionnaire measures mild, moderate, and severe levels of Internet Addiction. To assess your child\'s level of addiction to the Internet, answer the following questions. Remember, when answering, only consider time your child uses the Internet for non-academic purposes.

1. How often does your child disobey time limits you set for on-line use?
2. How often does your child neglect household chores to spend more time on-line?
3. How often does your child prefer to spend time on-line rather than with the rest of your family?
4. How often does your child form new relationships with fellow on-line users?
6. How often do your child's grades suffer because of the amount of time he or she spends on-line?
7. How often does your child check his or her e-mail before doing something else?
8. How often does your child seem withdrawn from others since discovering the Internet?
9. How often does your child become defensive or secretive when asked what he or she does on-line?
10. How often have you caught your child sneaking on-line against your wishes?
11. How often does your child spend time alone in his or her room playing on the computer?
12. How often does your child receive strange phone calls from new "on-line" friends?
13. How often does your child snap, yell, or act annoyed if bothered while on-line?
14. How often does your child seem more tired and fatigued than he or she did before the Internet came along?
15. How often does your child seem preoccupied with being back on-line when off-line?
16. How often does your child throw tantrums with your interference about how long he or she spends on-line?
17. How often has your child choose to spend time on-line rather than doing once enjoyed hobbies and/or outside interests?
18. How often does your child become angry or belligerent when you place time limits on how much time he or she is allowed to spend on-line?
19. How often does your child choose to spend more time on-line than going out with friends?
20. How often does your child feel depressed, moody, or nervous when off-line which seems to goes away once back on-line?
21. Do you frequently use anonymous communication to engage in sexual fantasies not typically carried out in real-life?
5. How often do you complain about the amount of time your child spends on-line?