عنوان مقاله [English]
This research aimed to study the effectiveness of teaching modesty on reducing Internet addiction and high risk behaviors in adolescent high school girls. In this research, a quasi-experimental design with control and experimental groups was used. Twenty female students were selected using purposeful sampling. The method of teaching modesty was carried out in eight sessions in order to introduce concepts of modesty; philosophy and the necessity of modesty; pathology of modesty; types and manifestations of modesty; the role of modesty in physical, psychological, and family health; the ways of preserving and enhancing individual modesty; the ways of preserving and enhancing modesty in family; the ways of preserving and enhancing modesty in social relationships; and the ways of preserving and enhancing media modesty. The subjects answered to the questionnaires about Internet addiction, the degree of risk-taking in Iranian adolescents, and demographic information. The findings showed teaching modesty was effective in reducing Internet addiction of adolescent girls; but the efficacy of teaching modesty was not significant in reducing high risk behaviors. Teaching modesty helps Internet users increase self-preservation and self-control in facing problems such as pornography. Regarding various reasons of high risk behaviors, and the impact of social, cultural, economic, and family factors, you cannot expect any change in this short time period. Based on the findings of this study, modesty-based educational- pedagogic intervention could be a preventive approach to inhibit addiction to the Internet and cyberspace. Taking preventive measures at lower ages and implementation of educational programs for adolescents and their parents are necessary to reduce high risk behaviors.