Parents' mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

Parents who continually check their mobiles can leave children feeling upset and ignored, suggests research.

 

An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.

 

More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.

 

And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it.

 

The research was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

 

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