Parent-Child Internet Addiction Test (PCIAT)

Based upon the following five-point likert scale, select the response that best represents the frequency of the behavior described in the following 20-item questionnaire.

0 = Not Applicable
1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

  1. ___How often does your child disobey time limits you set for online use?
  1. ___How often does your child neglect household chores to spend more time online?
  1. ___How often does your child prefer to spend time online rather than with the rest of your family?
  1. ___How often does your child form new relationships with fellow online users?
  1. ___How often do you complain about the amount of time your child spends online?
  1. ___How often do your child’s grades suffer because of the amount of time he or she spends online?
  1. ___How often does your child check his or her e-mail before doing something else?
  1. ___How often does your child seem withdrawn from others since discovering the Internet?
  1. ___How often does your child become defensive or secretive when asked what he or she does online?
  1. ___How often have you caught your child sneaking online against your wishes?
  1. ___How often does your child spend time alone in his or her room playing on the computer?
  1. ___How often does your child receive strange phone calls from new “online” friends?
  1. ___How often does your child snap, yell, or act annoyed if bothered while online?
  1. ___How often does your child seem more tired and fatigued than he or she did before the Internet came along?
  1. ___How often does your child seem preoccupied with being back online when off-line?
  1. ___How often does your child throw tantrums with your interference about how long he or she spends online?
  1. ___How often has your child choose to spend time online rather than doing once enjoyed hobbies and/or outside interests?
  1. ___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 online?
  1. ___How often does your child choose to spend more time online than going out with friends?
  1. ___How often does your child feel depressed, moody, or nervous when off-line which seems to goes away once back online?

After all the questions have been answered, add the numbers for each response to obtain a final score. The higher the score, the greater the level of addiction and creation of problems resultant from such Internet usage.  The severity impairment index is as follows:

NONE 0 – 30 points

MILD 31 – 49 points: Your child is an average on-line user. He or she may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but seems to have control of their usage.

MODERATE 50 – 79 points: Your child seems to be experiencing occasional to frequent problems because of the Internet. You should consider the full impact of the Internet on your child’s life and how this has impacted the rest of your family.

SEVERE 80 – 100 points: Internet usage is causing significant problems in your child’s life and most likely your family. You need to address these problems now.