Watch your children, not your phone
LIFEGUARDS have warned parents that their obsession with smartphones is leading to an increase in the number of children drowning.
Safety experts often warn that drowning can be silent, with many examples showing how kids can die in packed pools without anyone noticing.
Parents have therefore been urged to watch their little ones like hawks when they head into the water.
But modern parents are increasingly being distracted by their mobiles – often with deadly consequences.
Experts are increasingly reporting a direct link between kids dying in the water and parents focusing on their phones.
And authorities around the world are now explicitly warning people after noticing the shocking trend.
The authorities in the United Arab Emirates warned parents to put down their mobiles at the pool after two boys, aged eight and nine, drowned in separate incidents in June.
Parents in the US state of Arizona were recently urged to turn their phones off after drownings of children aged one–four in the state hit twice the national average.
DEADLY DISTRACTION: Experts are increasingly reporting a direct link between kids dying in the water and parents focusing on their phones.