Tim White

Do Smartphones lead to bad parenting?
Do Smartphones lead to bad parenting?

While some parents use smartphones to calm unruly children, many are so engrossed in the devices that they respond either angrily or robotically to their kids, according to a new Boston study. Researchers found that caregivers who were the most highly absorbed in their technology often responded harshly to child misbehavior.

For example, one woman kicked a child’s foot under the table, while another pushed a young boy’s hands away when he was trying repeatedly to lift her face up from looking at a tablet screen. They also found also that the highest level of caretaker absorption in an electronic device involved typing or scrolling through information, and not talking on the phone.

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