DID YOU KNOW?
Parents who spend a lot of time on phones or watching television during family activities – meals, playtime and bedtime – could harm long-term relationships with their children.
Illinois State University and University of Michigan researchers say “technoference” can lead to more whining, sulking, frustration, hyperactivity or tantrums.
The study published in Pediatric Research found one device or more intruded in parent-child interactions at some stage during the day with the average parent using screens for nine hours a day.
Device usage deprives parents of the opportunity to provide meaningful emotional support and positive feedback, which leads to even more problematic behaviour.