LONG ISLAND, NY – According to CBS News, new research indicates that cell phone use by parents is damaging to a child’s mental health. It is nearly impossible to live without technology in this day and age. Especially cell phones. They engage us in conversations through text, we send e-mails, check Facebook, Twitter and play Candy Crush and many other games on our little handheld devices. Technology has become a necessity.
All aspects of the community are becoming engaged with cell-phone use. The addictive behavior of cell phone use, especially in parents, is very harmful towards the mental health of your children, say experts.
The minute you put your phone down, don’t you feel empty, left out of the loop? As a society, we’ve adapted to the constant use of cell phones in our everyday life. It’s nearly impossible to go an hour without looking at your cell phone.
A cell phone can be compared to a cigarette to most smokers. They’re addicting to say the least, and users search for that adrenaline rush while they are on Screen Time; the time used while a person glances at their phone or computer screen.
To find out the effect all cellphone calls have on kids, ConsumerWatch did an informal playground survey.
“How do you feel when your mommy and daddy are on the phone?” they asked.
“Sad,” said one 4-year-old.
“Kinda sad,” agreed her friend.
Doctor Catherine Steiner Adairwho is a clinical psychologist and Harvard researcher says that the use of cell phones by parents is much more widespread, and the psychological impact is clear.
“Children of all ages use the same adjectives to describe how they feel when they are competing with screens for their parent’s attention. Angry, sad, frustrating, and lonely were the words used over and over,” said Adair.
Dinner time is a very crucial time for a family to be together. Children get the chance to talk to their parents about what happen that day in school, but they might not bother if they see their parents are not giving them their full attention.Photo credit: ParentsOnPhones.Tumblr.com.
A recent international study by online security company AVG/Locations Labs found that when parents are on screen time looking at their phones, they don’t give full attention to their children. Parents often respond more harshly to their kids. The survey found that 54% of kids felt that their parents look at their cell phones too often. Also, 32% said they feel unimportant when their parents are distracted by their cell phones.
“We’ve seen about a 22% spike in preventable accidents with young children and caretakers using their digital devices,” said Adair. “Parents are distracted by their cell phones while they are driving their kids around.”
Psychologists suggest that parents should check e-mails and work related messages before they pick their kids from school. They should finish their calls before they walk in the door at night and give their undivided attention to their children.
Parents should set limits for themselves during specific times of the day when their children are around them. For example, during lunch or dinner time, in the car and bedtime.
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