Many people believe that technological changes have had a detrimental impact on the time family members spend together – with “alone together” time colonizing family life. It is found that both children and parents were using mobile devices during family meals, television viewing, and other activities.
Cell phones can make you feel more connected, but they also can distract you and your family from connecting with each other in person. While using their cell phones, parents talk to their kids less, respond more slowly, and overreact to being interrupted.
Smartphones: They drive our world these days, and for teenagers, they shape their world. But, excessive usage of technology may turn costly sometimes. Cell phone issues arise with teens, often resulting in fights between parents from overuse. They can also lead to cyberbullying, digital dating abuse and sexting, and have popularized cheating.
Research revealed that people especially teens who put their cell phone on their right ear during calls are exposed to a decline in their memory capacity, according to the Swiss Institute of Tropical Health and Public Health (Swiss TPH), whose work is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Majority of Teenagers require their parents to control mobile phone usage.
What can we do as Parents ?
Educate: Talk openly about the benefits and potential pitfalls of using Smartphone. Shouting on children rarely gets positive outcome, but asking your for input about the pros and cons can ignite lively conversations.
Make a plan: Talk about setting healthy limits and boundaries for the family and what checks and balances you can use to stick to them, like not allowing phone use during dinner.
Monitor use as a family: Teens look for workarounds when they feel like they’re monitored. Monitoring must be a family goal so that teens own up to their usage and behavior online.
Establish screen-free zones: Meals, family outings, and social gatherings are few places where and when frequent screen checkings may lead to mis-understandings and affects relationships. What you can do is set boundaries for screen use in these settings and stick to them.