It has been said that when it comes to children’s development, parents should be less concerned about their children’s screen time and more about their own. Recent research shows that parents are becoming more tuned out on their smart ‘phones than spending time concentrating on their children, causing the engagement between parents and children to be increasingly low in quality. This not only means parents spending time with their children physically, but also concentrating on what is going on around them, for example, when pushing children in a buggy and not paying attention through being distracted by their phones.
In other words, Mums and Dads, when you are with your children, put down your ‘phone!
Carol Robinson is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors.