Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Who is more addicted to Technology? Parents or Kids?

We worry about technology addiction with young people. But, maybe we should look at parents and their addiction to smart phones. According to the CDC, smartphone use may be behind a 10 percent increase in unintentional childhood injuries. And young kids are complaining that they have to compete with their parent’s devices for attention. The recommendation is for parents to take a time out from their cell phones. Parents can then take time to mentor their children and have conversations, which will create empathy. Parents can model that it is ok to be bored and we don’t need to be entertained at all times. Boredom can create imagination. Read more in Monitor on Psychology, February 2016 issue.