Put Down That Cellphone! Study Finds Parents Distracted by Devices

March 10, 2014 8:55 AM

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Put Down That Cellphone! Study Finds Parents Distracted by Devices

The scenario plays out in restaurants everywhere: Mother or father looks at the smartphone or tablet, swiping, scrolling, reading, while son or daughter sits across the table. Or maybe a child’s acting up, and instead of engaging, a parent hands over a tablet to distract the child with a game of Fruit Ninja.

Dr. Jenny Radesky, a fellow in developmental behavioral pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, and the mother of two small children, wanted to find out how common it is for parents to use mobile devices around their kids.

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