Parents warned: your cell phone fixation could put your child in harm's way
Parents who are easily distracted by their cell phones can put their child's safety at risk.
German lifeguards have blamed increased child drownings on parents' cell phone obsession, reports the Guardian.
Parental distraction is a genuine isssue, says Prof Sebastian van As.
Van As is the head of the Trauma Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital.
He says that the Red Cross Children’s Hospital has taken a lot of tragic cases where children were harmed because of negligent parents on their phones.
According to the professor, the quality of parental care has been compromised because of constant screen distractions.
Road traffic crashes, drownings, and burns are the top three killers for children between ages 1 to 18. He says these can all be prevented by more present and alert supervision.
It's indeed a massive problem.Professor Sebastian van As, Head of Trauma at Red Cross Children’s Hospital
Drowning is a very silent killer... Toddlers can drown in seconds. If you are busy texting, you will completely miss that event.Professor Sebastian van As, Head of Trauma at Red Cross Children’s Hospital
We've got some tragic instances here at Red Cross in which this actually happened; that parents were distracted and they didn't see what happened to their child.Professor Sebastian van As, Head of Trauma at Red Cross Children’s Hospital
The top three killers of children in the age group 1 - 18 years road traffic crashes, drowning and burns. All of them can easily be prevented by a caretaker who is with the child, especially a child under 6 years.Professor Sebastian van As, Head of Trauma at Red Cross Children’s Hospital
The professor concedes that cell phones are just one form of many other distractions which compromise parental vigilance.
He also discusses the dangers of cell phone usage while driving and the impact of distracted parents on child development.
Listen to Prof Sebastian van As on The Pippa Hudson Show:
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