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Do smartphones affect your parenting?

Most parents are aware of the concerns about too much screen time for young children, but it's not just kids who are overdoing screen time - and that might be bad for young children.

Parents can be just as guilty of spending too much time looking at screens – using their smart phones and tablets to check e-mail, text, post on Facebook, answer phone calls, look things up on the internet – and the consequences for their children are troubling.

Preliminary new studies out of the Boston Medical Center show that parents who get absorbed by email, texting or games on their phones have more negative or less engaged interactions with their children. Children are left to feel like they're competing for attention with their parents' gadgets. Psychologist and author Catherine Steiner-Adair added that when parents prioritize their digital world ahead of their children, there can be deep emotional consequences for the child. "We are behaving in ways that certainly tell children they don't matter, they're not interesting to us, they're not as compelling as anybody, anything, anything that may interrupt our time with them," she says.

More importantly, young children need lots of face-to-face interactions to build language and literacy, understand facial expressions and emotions and develop a whole range of social skills including empathy. There is some evidence that young children’s language skills are not developing as quickly as they did even a few years ago. Add to that the potential for physical injury to young children as a result of parental distraction, and you can see why psychologist are expressing great concern over smartphone usage around young children.

Establishing no-device rules when you are spending time with your child, at meals and during family time in the home is a great way to start. Avoid looking down at your phone during the morning or bedtime routine. By giving your children the respect of your undivided attention you will help them learn and will improve your relationship with them and their behavior toward you. As they grow, they will know what it means to be truly present with the people in their lives and they will thrive emotionally knowing how much they are truly seen and loved.

 
Resources:

Put Down That Cellphone! Study Finds Parents Distracted by Devices
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/parenting/put-down-cellphone-study-finds-parents-distracted-devices-n47431

Why Cell Phones Are Bad for Parenting,Time Magazine
http://ideas.time.com/2012/05/17/why-cell-phones-are-bad-for-parenting/

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Catherine Steiner-Adair EdD. Harper Collins. 2014.

Texting While Parenting: What Effect Can It Have On Your Children? Robert Glatter, MD. Forbes Magazine. 2012.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2012/09/30/texting-while-parenting-what-effect-can-it-have-on-your-children/

Don’t Text While Parenting — It Will Make You Cranky. Alice Park. Time Magazine. 2014.
http://time.com/14953/parents-who-use-smartphones-in-front-of-their-kids-are-crankier/

 
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