According to The Telegraph, parents' obsession with their smartphones has left "a third of children starting school" lacking the abilities to socialise, converse, and use the bathroom. Ironically, the neglected children can operate a smartphone quite well, which is what led a child psychiatrist last year to propose a "talk not tap" rule at the dinner table.
One head teacher said: “There is limited parent/child interaction. Four year-olds know how to swipe a phone but haven't a clue about conversations”.
Another primary school leader warned: “We are having more and more children entering our early years stage with delayed speech and a lack of school readiness.
“I feel much of this is down to challenging family circumstances alongside the rise of mobile phones and other mobile technology, which means parents are more often to be seen on the phone than talking to their children.”
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