Pitfalls of smartphone parenting

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Is a phone more important than your child?

Parents pay attention to smartphones just as much as kids.

(NBC) - New research suggests parents are missing crucial opportunities to engage with their children.

We've all seen kids tune out the rest of the world, totally engrossed in technology. Now, new research suggests parents can be just as drawn to the light of tablets and smartphones as kids are.

Experts at Boston Medical Center did a study in which they observed how 55 caregivers interacted with young children while they were eating at fast food restaurants. Some of the adults were absorbed in their devices, texting, swiping and scrolling their way through the meal, ignoring the kids. Experts say face-to-face conversations are crucial to kids' development of language and social skills.

Researchers readily admit that this snapshot of caregiver/kid relationships is not meant to give a clear picture of all parents, but it's a good reminder for even the most well-intentioned moms and dads to turn off their phones and tune in to their kids.


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