Gadgets ’cause eight million rows a day’ as two thirds admit they struggle to make their children put devices down
The nation’s families are having a combined eight million arguments a day over digital gadgets, a survey shows.
The biggest source of strife is parents feeling children are too absorbed by computers or tablets to communicate properly.
Two thirds admit they struggle to make their children put their devices down while nine out of ten youngsters are using smartphones or tablets before they turn eight.
Children these days are digital devils, with even the sternest of parent falling foul of their child’s incessant internetting. Try to impose limits and you risk real wrath – what is a parent to do? Well, the company behind this particular piece of PR has a few ideas:
Research by HomeHalo, a parental internet control system, revealed one of the biggest causes of irritation was parents being ignored by their children when they’re online.
In case you’ve not heard of HomeHalo – and you won’t have done, because their PR has only stretched so far as yet – they sell products that parents can use to digitally restrict their kids’ internet usage:
It’s pretty clear what HomeHalo are doing here: bigging up the size of the problem that their product is on hand to solve.
Louise Philips, of HomeHalo, added: ‘Although we can all see teenagers glued to their phones and tablets, the addiction begins much earlier.
‘It’s staggering that parents seem to understand the dangers – and are rightfully concerned – yet we appear powerless in addressing the issues.
‘It is a problem that is increasing and drawing in much younger children.’
Interesting to see talk of technology ‘addiction’ in an article featuring a psychologist, and it’s no surprise that it’s not the psychologist raising the phantom of tech addiction. There’s a good reason for that. Still, why let science get in the way of your PR scaremongering?
If only there was a device that limited PR people’s time on the internet…