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Is this mum right? Does we all look at our phones so much that we're ignoring our children?


We'd love to know what you think of this mum's impassioned Facebook post about a 'social experiment' she did.

Here's what she posted:

"Today I did an experiment, I watched my boys play. 

"As I sat quietly in the corner of the room I tallied how many times they looked at me for various reasons: to see if I saw their cool tricks, to seek approval or disapproval for what they were doing, and to watch my reactions.

"I couldn't help but wonder if I was on some sort of technology what message would I have been sending? 

"28 times my angels would have wondered if the World Wide Web was more important than them. 

"28 times my boys would have not received the attention most adults are searching for. 

"28 times my loves would have questioned if they were alone emotionally. 

“28 times my kids would have been reassured that who you are online is what really matters...

"Please put down your technology and spend some time with your family & loved ones. The next generation of children is counting on us to teach them how to be adults. Don't be too busy on social media: you never know who is watching and what message you are sending."

Her post has been shared over 54,000 times on Facebook but reaction to it has been mixed.

Some people think it's amazing – and praise the mum for her 'awesome' words.

Others, though, think her post is a bit over-dramatic and implies that any parent who looks at her phone while her child is playing is somehow a bad parent who is going to 'blank out' her child for hours.

But what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with what this mum's saying? 

Please let us know by adding a post to this thread. We'd really love to hear your views!


  • Hmm. I don't know about this. I do look at my phone a lot when I'm with my children but I don't think that stops me playing with them and talking to them – well, no more than it would if I was cooking or ironing or tidying up instead.

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