Technology Is Causing Parent To Ignore Kids And Leads To More Tantrums

June 18, 2018

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As parents know, you want to be the best mom or dad to your child. So child experts warn you not to fall into the technoference trap.  That's the term created for those who are distracted by your smartphone when you’re with your children. Parents and caregivers who spend a lot of time on their smartphones during family bonding moments like meals or bedtime can hurt their long-term relationships with their kids and spur the little ones to act out in the form of whining, sulking and throwing more tantrums. Parents of children ages 8 to 18 reportedly spend an average of more than nine hours looking at a screen each day; and of that, they devote up to eight hours alone watching movies, playing video games and aimlessly scrolling through social media. This new study found that cell phone use deprives parents of giving emotional support or positive feedback to their kids, which causes them to revert to problematic behavior like throwing tantrums or sulking. This supports previous research that finds screen time is linked to symptoms of depression and anxiety, which can worsen the increasingly strained relationships between kids and their parents. Taking a brief “digital detox” of sorts for a few hours, during dinner or even on the weekend is one way to give your kids undivided attention, experts say.

SOURCE: Moneyish

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