Digital distractions can get in the way of parenting, Donohue tells Tribune

Chip Donohue, director of Erikson Institute’s TEC Center, spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the effect parents’ use of technology can have on their children.

A study in Pediatrics observed a majority of adults with children at a restaurant used a smartphone during the meal, noting that those most absorbed in their devices tended to respond harshly to children.

“Clearly there are digital distractions” for parents, Donohue says, “and clearly there are cases where we are losing the battle.”

“It’s complicated to be a parent in the digital age,” he says, adding that it comes down to mindfulness.

Donohue notes that parents need to remember that talking, even to infants, is a form of teaching and that their devices can get in the way of that.

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