Many parents are guilty of spending too much time with their mobile phone devices and not engaging their children sufficiently. We use technology to distract children. It is quite easy to pass an iPad with baby games or a phone to a child who is being fussy than squat down next to her and entertain her eye to eye. It is convenient and quicker to just use an electronic appeasement.
“On one hand, technology has opened a whole new era of unparalleled learning of techno-gadgets, games, computers, social media and much more,” says Will D. Rhame, author of The Voyagers Series, the first books of that create ways for parents and teachers to bond with children. “On the other hand, this new and ever increasing world of apps, games, communications and computers have taken the place of parent/child bonding and the essential necessity of learning to read.”
That is dangerous, he says. Even though there isn’t abundant research to address the effects of parents distracted by technology, there is a strong case for putting mobile phones away when you’re around children.
However, mountains of studies have been conducted which conclude that without parent/child interaction, children will seek peers and copy what they see on television.
It doesn’t help that many jobs now provide employees laptops to enable them to continue work at home, or on weekends.
“In the United States, now a dual income society many parents take their jobs home with them in the form of a laptop and continue their work at home thereby taking the precious time of parent/child bonding away if not completely then to a large extent, ” Rhame tells Bellyitch. “The addiction of computers is not just an adult thing it is a child problem as well.”
He adds that once a child learns to speak, ” most working parents succumb to offer in additional techno-gadgets to satisfy the child’s need for companionship, which to some extent alienates the child from the parent.”
“Studies have been conducted that have shown the addictive affects these computer related games have had on children,” says Rhame who challenges parents that have a computer at home to ask themselves how much time they spend on it compared to nurturing your child.
Disconnecting once in a while is crucial in child-rearing.
Rhame concludes, “children can make appropriate decisions with the confidence of parent backing, and in most cases follow a road of good society production and long-term prosperity and happiness.”