Hope parents get time to read this article!
“Much of the concern about cellphones and instant messaging and Twitter has been focused on how children who incessantly use the technology are affected by it. But parents’ use of such technology — and its effect on their offspring — is now becoming an equal source of concern to some child-development researchers.” ~ Julie Scelfo
Also made me think of mirroring…
“Mirroring is the behaviour in which one person copies another person usually while in social interaction with them. It may include miming gestures, movements, body language, muscle tensions, expressions, tones, eye movements, breathing, tempo, accent, attitude, choice of words/metaphors and other aspects of communication. It is often observed among couples or close friends.” ~ Wikipedia
How Kids Learn to Communicate in a Social Media World
We have been asking ourselves what happens to children when they spend an average of seven and a half hours a day on media, when they text rather than talk? Will they learn to communicate?
Now we are also asking what happens to children when we–their parents–are so absorbed with our BlackBerries, iPhones or iPads that it sometimes takes a child biting our leg to get our attention?
children told me hundreds of stories of having to say “earth to mom,” or “earth to dad” to get their parents’ attention. This issue may have gotten more extreme (and social media can be particularly addictive) but it is an old issue.
And social media isn’t bad or good either. We just need to figure out how we use it so that we can also “be with our kids.”
They said that when they need their parents, they want them to “be there for them”–that’s what I called focused time.
Each of us is going to have to find the right “fit” between paying focused attention to our kids and to social media.Read more at www.huffingtonpost.com