Quarter of parents can’t get children to put down screens, says survey

Quarter of parents can’t get children to put down screens, says survey

Nearly a quarter of South West parents struggle to get their children away from television, phone and computer screens, according to a survey published by Action for Children.

When asked which behaviour they found most difficult to control in their children, more South West parents said they struggled to limit technology-based activity (23 per cent) than get children to eat healthily (18 per cent), go to bed (18 per cent), or do their homework (12 per cent).

Brigitte Gater, director of children’s services at Action for Children in the South West, said: “Technology is an often necessary part of the lives of children and parents alike, but it’s important to maintain a balance with other activities and quality family time.

“We know from our extensive work with families that strong relationships with parents build resilience in children, making them less susceptible to bullying or abuse outside the home, and encouraging them to speak to their parents about any fears or concerns.

“As well as the conscious effort to cut down on screen-time, some parents benefit from additional support, such as dropping in for a chat or attending support groups at children’s centres, to learn how to better connect with their children.”

The National Children’s Hour campaign encourages parents and children to ‘unplug and play’. For ideas, check out www.actionforchildren.org.uk/nch or let us know in the comments what you do to get your children to unplug.

Originally published at www.bournemouthecho.co.uk.

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