22 May 2012 - 8:00am | posted by | 0 comments

iPad addicted parents guilty of ‘benign neglect’

iPad addicted parents guilty of ‘benign neglect’iPad addicted parents guilty of ‘benign neglect’

iPhone and iPad wielding parents who find themselves addicted to Angry Birds, email or Fruit Ninja are guilty of “benign neglect” when it comes to their parenting obligations, warns a leading psychologist.

Aric Sigman warns that an entire generation are now growing up addicted to their computers, televisions and smartphones, with children spending as much of a year of their crucial first seven formative
years engrossed in a computer screen.

This sees children having access to as many as 10 different screens in the home and could lead to unforeseen long term consequences in the wiring of the brain.

Such screen dependency bears all the hallmarks of addictions such as alcoholism warns Sigman.

Sigman told the annual conference of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health: “Passive parenting in the face of the new media environment is a form of benign neglect and not in the best interests of children.”

To mitigate any possible adverse effects Sigman recommends that children under three not be allowed on any screens at all and those under seven to be restricted to just one hour outside school.

Don't miss out... Get your Digital news by email

See all specialist newsletters

7 related companies from Profile Hub, The Drum's modern marketing directory:

Be the first to comment on this article: sign in or register.

Latest Projects from the Profile Hub

AVCA - The heart of African VC and PE

19/09/2014
The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association...

BWP gets colourful with K3

18/09/2014
K3 approached BWP Group to help them design and build a...

dlc - Responsive website

17/09/2014
dlc is the UK’s leading, independent debt recovery firm,...

Ecommerce Solution for B2B and B2C Retailer

16/09/2014
Talking Tables provides high quality party decorations for...

Peak Scientific Innovation - Brand Communications for US Market

16/09/2014
Peak Scientific is a leading Scottish gas generator...