Sleep comes second for device-dependent kids

Radio NZ 6 October 2016
Family First Comment:  Easily solved.
No devices in bedroom.
Switch off wifi at night.

Children as young as nine are so dependent on their cellphones they check them day and night, research in Britain has found.

The study into children’s technology usage was the first of its kind in the UK and involved students in both state and private schools.

It found that 45 percent of 11- to 18-year-olds admitted checking their social media accounts when they should have been sleeping.

The survey of 2750 people from the 11-18 age group found one in 10 admitted checking at least 10 times a night.

They said they were happy to risk turning up for school tired and unable to concentrate to look at their night-time notifications.

About 68 percent admitted using a mobile at night was affecting their school work, while a quarter admitted to feeling tired during the day because of it.

In total, 94 percent of the group were using social media and, of those, about 10 percent said they would feel stressed about missing out if they did not check their device before going to sleep.

Of those who checked their phones after going to bed, about 32 percent said their parents were unaware they were doing so.
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