Less than a quarter of families sit down for screen-free dinner together every day

goss 22/11/2021

A study of 1,600 parents, with at least one child at home, found six in ten (61 percent) admit getting children to switch off their devices is the biggest cause of disagreements in their household. It found that Less than a quarter of families sit down for a “screen-free” dinner together every day away from TVs, phones, and devices.

The research also found it takes almost ten minutes for a child to switch off their devices after being asked.

As a result, 53 percent of parents have bribed their child to put their device away, with the most common including “you can have a snack”, “you can stay up later” and “I’ll pay you”.

Dr Anna Colton, clinical child psychologist, commented: “Technology plays a huge part in all of our lives, and facilitates our work, learning, and leisure.

“It also enables us to connect with friends, family, and those we may otherwise be unable to reach. However, it’s important to remember to take daily digital downtime - both for ourselves and for our relationships with loved ones, to nurture relationships."

What's your trick to getting your kids off devices?