Are you concerned about your child’s time on the computer? Your parenting style might cause more harm.

It can be a challenge to raise a child who is connected to the internet could be like playing an endless game of whack-a-mole. As soon as you’ve set limits on your child’s phone and tablet use, they send an urgent request to play a well-known game or communicate with their friends via a brand new application.

Of course, businesses that are trying to attract young consumers design their online products to be as interactive as they can, using programs and experiences that draw users into the experience throughout the length of time they can. So, you’ll have to determine if your child’s use of the internet competes with or enhances aspects of their health, such as exercise, sleep, and socialization.

Parents have heard horror stories about children having no supervision or online access. They faced bullies, sat sleeping through the night engaging in video gaming, and got lost on anonymous forums brimming with hateful messages as well as conspiracy theories. Most often, they make social comparisons of perfectly curated images, which feed into their insecurity and – and could be detrimental to their mental health.

Looking for a fast, efficient solution, parents might put off giving their child an iPhone, take advantage of parental controls for devices and apps restricting the frequency and duration at which their child can access the internet, or even try all of these options. However, a new study published by the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University discovered that parents might be overlooking an important factor in this complicated issue, that is, their parenting style.