Smartphones Harming Children’s Social Skills


“Four-year-olds know how to swipe a phone, but have no clue about conversations.”

A recent study by “The Key”, a London-based information service, says problems abound with young children starting school, due to both their use and parents’ use of smartphones.

 Parents’ obsession with their smartphones has resulted in many neglecting their children, the study warns.   Young children starting school are unable to hold conversations, have speech problems, lack social skills, and many are not even toilet trained.   Lack of interaction with their parents, and being handed a smartphone themselves, has enabled these problems.

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One teacher warned: “We are having more and more children entering our early years stage with delayed speech and a lack of school readiness.  I feel much of this is down to challenging family circumstances alongside the rise of mobile phones and other mobile technology, which means parents are more often to be seen on the phone than talking to their children.”

An executive with The Key said the additional burden this is placing on schools is huge.

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Meanwhile, over the past five years, many schools have transitioned from text books, instead giving out iPads to each student, so even at school, they’re all staring at little screens, where they review lesson assignments and do homework.

Editor’s Note:   What are we doing to our children?

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