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Most parents have spent time on their smartphones while with their children, and for a while it was considered the wrong thing to do. But New York Times tech writer Farhad Manjoo says that spending time on your phone while you’re with your child might not be a bad thing after all. ABC anchor Nick Watt has the story.
GMA: Smartphones and Children
Nick Watt said he’s guilty of it, and I think many parents would agree that “guilt” is the word they use when they describe using their smartphone around their children. Child development and behavior specialist Betsy Brown Braun said that paying attention to your smartphone while you’re with your child might be undermining their sense of importance in your life.
Farhad Manjoo said that there have been times when he’s using his smartphone and his son literally has to yell at him to get his attention. However, regardless of this reoccurring event, Farhad Manjoo disagrees with Betsy Brown Braun, and said that the smartphone is a bonus for parenting.
He said that smartphones allow parents to spend time with their children when they might not have been able to in the past. Farhad Manjoo said his wife does set rules for him with his smartphone use, specifically that he can’t use his phone while they’re at dinner.
Good Morning America: Proper Smartphone Etiquette
Betsy Brown Braun said that you should say to your child that you’re not going to talk to them for the time being, but that you’re going to be doing work on your smartphone, and then when you’re done, say to the child, “And now I’m going to spend time with you.”
Nick Watt told Farhad Manjoo that he feels guilty every day when he’s using his smartphone when he’s spending time with his child, and Farhad Manjoo said that the bottom line is he should feel less guilty about it.