How parents' time on digital technology profoundly affects kids' development

Do you spend lots of time on your phone tweeting, Facebooking, Whatsapping and more? Do your kids shout' You're always on your phone!"

Time spent doing this may be time taken away from your kids.

Educational psychologist Melanie Hartgill explains the effect of this behaviour on your children.

She says the focus is always on children and technology and how much screen time is too much.

We very rarely turn it the other way around....and turning it the other way around is absolutely crucial.

Melanie Hartgill , educational psychologist

We are losing our relationship with our children because of technology and quite often, it's the parents on their technology and not just the children.

Melanie Hartgill , educational psychologist

The term that has been coined for it is 'techno-ference' - time spent on technology that interferes with time spent with your children.

And it starts from when they are absolute babies.

Melanie Hartgill , educational psychologist

She says she has seen a case, where a mother was breast feeding yet, had not glanced once at her baby and "her eyes were stuck on cell phone instead." Research has shown that newborn babies can see their mothers at that distance.

She says early eye contact with babies is crucial in healthy attachment developing.

Emotional attachment is not attained if children don't have mutual eye contact with their parents, and I don't think people realise how big a deal this really is.

Melanie Hartgill , educational psychologist

She says researchers are suggesting this behaviour is causing an evolutionary blip and could change the course of human civilisation because the majority of our brain growth occurs within the first three years.

Take a listen:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Hiding inside the 'dark web' - the horrors of child pornography

Hiding inside the 'dark web' - the horrors of child pornography

Expert says says child pornography has the effect of re-abusing the victim because it always exists online.

Thousands expected to march in support of Zuma

Thousands expected to march in support of Zuma

Supporters of the former president are expected to march to the Durban High Court on Friday.

NPA to pursue Zuma prosecution

NPA to pursue Zuma prosecution

NPA boss Shaun Abrahams announced on Friday that the state will reinstate fraud and corruption charges against Jacob Zuma.

[WATCH Bongani Bingwa] Politicians personify low standards and are nonsensical

[WATCH Bongani Bingwa] Politicians personify low standards and are nonsensical

Breakfast show host Bongani Bingwa interrogates the issue of corruption by state officials and questions their competence.

[LISTEN] Neighbours from hell:  Callers share their stories

[LISTEN] Neighbours from hell: Callers share their stories

Tebogo says his neighbor is always borrowing a cup of sugar and other non-perishables.

What's the fuss about fidget spinners?

What's the fuss about fidget spinners?

702's Phemelo Motene chats to parenting expert Nikki Bush pros and cons of fidget spinners and why schools are banning them.

Popular articles
Don't fall into an IMF debt trap Tito Mboweni! - political commentator

Don't fall into an IMF debt trap Tito Mboweni! - political commentator

Oscar van Heerden on the reasons he believes South Africa should not turn to the IMF for a general loan amid Covid-19 crisis.

SA-animated 'Zog' wins International Emmy for Best Kids Animation

SA-animated 'Zog' wins International Emmy for Best Kids Animation

The short film about a clumsy young dragon was co-directed by a South African and animated in Cape Town.

COVID-19 positive cases now 1,585, nine deaths confirmed

COVID-19 positive cases now 1,585, nine deaths confirmed

As stated by the Department of Health, this is an increase of 80 from the cases reported on Friday.

Could SA student's bug-killing coating innovation be applied for Covid-19?

Could SA student's bug-killing coating innovation be applied for Covid-19?

Michael Lucas on his self-sanitising technology and why it could also play a role in a post-pandemic world against superbugs.

'No amount of provocation by community should result in law enforcement abuse'

'No amount of provocation by community should result in law enforcement abuse'

Reverend Chris Nissen says more civil society monitoring is needed to keep the volatile lockdown situation in check.

Lockdown boredom draining your kids? Four simple ways to keep them entertained

Lockdown boredom draining your kids? Four simple ways to keep them entertained

From painting without brushes to whipping up yummy snacks, Nikki Bush has the lowdown on creative adventures for the youngsters.

Gen. Viljoen 'demobilised conservative resistance to transition' - Ramaphosa

Gen. Viljoen 'demobilised conservative resistance to transition' - Ramaphosa

FF Plus founder and former defence force chief General Constand Viljoen died on Friday at the age of 86.

Internet speeds should normalise: Repairs to 2nd undersea cable completed

Internet speeds should normalise: Repairs to 2nd undersea cable completed

Post-recovery checks have been done and Wacs is back in operation.

At least seven WC schools vandalised, burgled during lockdown so far

At least seven WC schools vandalised, burgled during lockdown so far

WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond urges communities to be on the lookout as much as they can within shutdown regulations.

[WATCH] Journalists soldier on updating the nation during lockdown

[WATCH] Journalists soldier on updating the nation during lockdown

Frontline heroes: Eyewitness News unpacks a working day in the lives of journalists during the lockdown.