Parents’ phone use ‘interferes with family life’

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Parents’ use of mobile phones interferes with their family time, according to children.

In a recently published poll of around 2,000 young people aged between 11 and 18, more than a third – 36 per cent – claimed they had asked their parents to put their phones down. Almost a quarter – 22 per cent – said the use of mobile phones had hampered their family’s enjoyment of each other’s company. Among those who had asked their parents to stop using their phone, the request was simply ignored by 46 per cent.

The survey was conducted by online safety organisation Digital Awareness UK (DAUK) and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. In addition to the students, around 3,000 parents were also polled. In stark contrast to the results from their children, only ten per cent of adults believed their phone use was a cause for concern. Meanwhile 95 per cent of parents insisted they did not use their devices during mealtimes, despite 14 per cent of children claiming that was the case.

DAUK co-founder Emma Robertson said she hoped the results of this survey would act as “a wake-up call for families and motivate them to have serious conversations about the safe and healthy use of technology”.

Last year, researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Washington found similar results. They asked children between ten and 17 years old what household rules they would set if they were in charge. Many of those surveyed said they would limit the time their parents spent using devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Photo by Pat (Cletch) Williams via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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3 comments

Paul - April 24, 2017 at 12:12pm

This is true. Not all advance are a step forward.
Modern times.
Updating facebook is now more imporrant than raising your kids.
Its very sad.

D - April 24, 2017 at 1:05pm

Ha ha . Seen that one. Parents on bus/train intently gazing into their mobile phones with their(?) kids looking lost next to them.

drmanhattan62 - April 24, 2017 at 4:51pm

Well isnt it about time this issue was raised by somebody.
its a big problem and its getting worse. there are more parents than ever before (mainly women) walking in the streets with children and babies in pushchairs who cant go from A to B without using their phone while walking.
ive seen it with my own eyes where women have stepped off the pavement onto the road with children and pushchairs while they are looking at their phone and never bothered to look left and right. it really is very troubling. another rising problem is using phones while driving. its everywhere. we see them doing it on a daily basis. the fines and points dont seem to be making a scrap of difference. They need to impose a automatic 6mth Ban for anyone caught doing this and then increase the Ban to 12 or 24 mths if caught a second time.

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