Watch your chil­dren, not your phone

Western Times - - LIFE / FAMILY LIFFE -

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.

PHOTO: ISTOCK

DEADLY DIS­TRAC­TION: Ex­perts are in­creas­ingly re­port­ing a di­rect link between kids dy­ing in the water and par­ents fo­cus­ing on their phones.

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