Smartphones may seem like great inventions for us, and yet we are concerned about our children’s interaction with them. But do we ever think about our own, and what behaviour we are modelling to our children? Katharine comments: “When it comes to child development, parents have fallen into a trap of worrying about their offspring’s screentime, but not their own.”
While she recognises that there isn’t enough evidence yet as to what effect smartphone usage by parents has on children, she does introduce a new word psychologists have recently coined: “‘technoference’ – phones getting in the way of being engaged with our children”.
Research being done by psychologists suggests that children’s behavioural issues can sometimes be directly linked to ‘technoference’.
Katharine believes that parents need similar boundaries to children with their own phone usage, such as having an unplugged day and charging phones in a different room at night.
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