Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Terrible Parenting Creating A Generation Of Screen Addicts

"Parents who constantly check and use smartphones and iPads around their children may be driving them into a lifelong dependency on TV and computer screens, according to a leading psychologist. Dr Aric Sigman said such 'passive parenting' in the face of the new media environment is actually a form of neglect. He will tell a group of Britain’s leading doctors today that the growing addiction could leave a generation suffering damage to the body as well as the brain."
—This is just the way The Machines planned it, right?

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deepomega (#1,720)

Who cares about the body and brain if the soul is intact.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

As opposed to the lifelong addiction to screens we got from our tv-always-on parents. (The buck, I pass it.)

skahammer (#587)

Being childfree, I'm always curious what exactly counts as doing something "around" your children. Just how attentive are the little monsters alleged to be, anyway? Because I have my own views on that topic.

hypnosifl (#9,470)

@skahammer That "parents who check and constantly use smartphones" quote doesn't seem to have any connection to the rest of the article, which is just about the idea that parents need to keep their kids from spending too much time in front of screens, not that what the parents do on their own time will influence the kids to imitate them. It's not clear if the psychologist in question even said something like this, or if this is just typical tabloid reporting by the Daily Mail. In fact there's a fair amount of research based on adopted children that suggests that short of abuse parenting doesn't really influence kids much at all, and that the similarities between parents and kids are almost entirely due to shared genes rather than parenting style–see the article at http://www.gladwell.com/1998/1998_08_17_a_harris.htm or Judith Rich Harris' book "The Nurture Assumption"

Amasa Amos (#9,654)

And parents who DON'T constantly check and use smartphones and iPads around their children are raising a generation of technological illiterates doomed to be left behind by their peers. More proof that you just can't win.

BadUncle (#153)

And this is why the only communications medium my children will ever be exposed to will be my ventriloquist dummy.

Rodger Psczny (#3,912)

Sorry infants; be more interesting.

Jasons_Johnson (#3,341)

What is wrong with moderation and discipline? My daughter plays a lot of video games and has an iPad, and is always playing a little game here or there. AFTER her homework is done and AFTER I've made her double check all her answers and AFTER she gets punished/praised for the days failures/successes.

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