ST. LOUIS – You’ve probably heard this before – millennials distracted by their phones while walking or someone driving being distracted by their phone…
But what about parents being distracted by their phones?
Parents distracted with their phones has become a serious issue. And it may be because this generation of parents is really the first with full-time access to smartphones.
Thursday morning on Today in St. Louis from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. – Allie Corey will help you break the bad habit.
According to a study on parenting.com, 32 percent of children felt unimportant when their parents were distracted by their phones. The children said they felt like they had to compete with technology for their parents’ attention and 28 percent of parents agreed with the observation.
The study surveyed 6,000 children between the ages of 8 and 13 from various countries, including the U.S.
Allie Corey asked people on Facebook to share if they struggle with the balance between parenting and scrolling,
‘I'm posting this again because I need more parents to speak up.
Phone addiction is a real problem and it impacts parents too. Post below if you've ever caught yourself tied to your phone instead of paying attention to your kids. I'd love to hear from you for a story I'm working on for TISL’
‘Caught myself looking at my phone while my 11-month-old almost fell backwards, good thing I stopped looking at my phone and was there to help her," Amanda Ford said.
‘Working mom here! My daughter is only two, she has called me out before. One day she wanted a bite of her supper and had been saying "bite bite" apparently one too many times and I hadn't paid attention to her. She finally came to me, snacked my leg and yelled "bite bite!" Ever since then, I put my phone down at meals and make it a priority to ONLY spend one hour on my phone during the evenings,” Alisha Earney said.
Allie held a panel with several parents and their children – she told the kids they can say anything they want about their parents and they wouldn’t get in trouble during the interview.
"My mom is always on her phone,” 6-year-old Aubrie Jackson said.
"My dad texts and drives all the time when he’s driving." 6-year-old Riley Howell said.
"My mom is on her phone a lot." 6-year-old Quinnie Howell said. ‘It kind of makes me feel sad because they’re ignoring me and I don’t like when they’re ignoring me.’
"My mom is on her phone for work most of the time but she’s usually just typing away at her text messages or in the recording for texts and calls." 12-year-old Cooper Smith said.