Parents’ phone use ‘interferes with family life’
April 24, 2017 3 comments
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.
April 24, 2017
Categories: Family Life