By Brad Broker
Usually, it’s the kid who gets in trouble for playing with their i-device at the dinner table. But how about Mom and Dad? How does smartphone use by parents affect interactions with their children?
In a first-of-its-kind study published in Pediatrics, researchers analyzed how parents or other caregivers use mobile devices around children and how that use impacts relationships. “We chose to observe caregivers and children during meals because this is a daily routine in which face-to-face caregiver–child interactions are considered beneficial,” said the researchers from Boston University Medical Center.
They observed 55 caregivers eating with at least one child in fast-food restaurants. Forty of those caregivers used a mobile device during the meal. Read the full story »