Parents’ mobile use harms family life, say secondary pupils

Is the time you spend on your mobile harming your family without you even realising?

According to a survey of secondary pupils across the UK an overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life.


More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.

And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it.

The research was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.

Among the pupils:

82% felt meal times should be device-free
22% said the use of mobiles stopped their families enjoying each other’s company
36% had asked their parents to put down their phones

Of the pupils who had asked their parents to put down their phones, 46% said their parents took no notice while 44% felt upset and ignored.

Despite this, only a minority of parents (10%) believed their mobile use was a concern for their children – although almost half (43%) felt they spent too much of their own time online:

37% said they were online between three and five hours a day at weekends
5% said it could be up to 15 hours a day over a weekend

Are you spending too much time on your phone? Does more effort need to be done on your part to ensure the whole family is spending less time on their mobile phones?

Leave your thoughts and comments below.