Children feel ignored by tech savvy parents

Ever notice, how as soon as you get your phone out, or try to get in an extra hours work in at home, your little one might have a mini-meltdown? Turns out, like most adults who don’t like competing for attention, tiny tots feel the same.

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Technology giant AVG revealed that 54% of children felt their parents spent too much time on their phone. The survey  was undertaken in June this year with among more than 6,000 respondents from Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the US.

Parents agreed, with 52% saying it was too frequent and worrying about what it looked like to the younger generation, according to the study on the relationship between a parent, a child, and their devices.

Tony Anscombe, Senior Security Evangelist at AVG Technologies, said, “One of the key core communication skills that we need is being able to talk to each other, that face-to-face time, and having that skill of holding a conversation.”

“With our kids picking up mobile devices at an increasingly younger age, it is really important that we set good habits within the home, early on,” he added.”

“ChildreScreen Shot 2015-07-09 at 20.31.43n take their cues from us for everything else, so it is only natural that they should do the same with device use. It can be hard to step away from your device at home, but with a quarter of parents telling us that they wished their child used their device less (25 percent), they need to lead by example and consider how their behavior might be making their child feel.”

A quarter of the parents surveyed want their child to use devices less, but with such statistics, Anscombe said they should lead by example.

The survey discovered that 32 percent of children felt unimportant when their moms and dads were distracted by their phones. The kids said they had to compete with technology for their parents’ attention, and 28% of mothers and fathers agreed with this observation.

“I do feel like the balance between the degree to which I use my mobile device to stay connected to work and my ability to be more present, available to my family, is quite out of balance” one of the parents in the study said.

Keep in mind that we’re the first generations of tech savvy parents who can be wired-in, on-line and available 24/7. It can be hard to switch off and have some well deserved downtime.

If anything, this study indicates that our kids really do notice our absence even if we’re sitting right next to them.

Take the time to tune in to what really matters; our children.

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