Parents struggle to keep children off devices
A poll has found that many parents in the UK find it easier to get children to do homework, have a bath and go to bed than it is to get them to turn off their phones and laptops. A survey carried out by Action for Children found that around 23% of parents struggled to control their children’s use of devices, while only 10% found it difficult to get their children to do homework.
Because of these findings, the charity has published tips for families to help them to control their children’s screen use, including advising families to plan activities that do not involve technology and parents turning off their devices to encourage children to have screen-free time.
The findings come following concerns that young people are spending too much time online or watching TV, with a study by Cambridge University finding that extra time spent online or watching television could lead to poorer GCSE results for pupils in Year 10 and 11. Experts also warned that students who spend time in front of a screen late at night could arrive at school tired the following day.
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