Four out of ten parents say that screens are a common source of conflict with children

Four out of ten parents say that screens are a common source of conflict with children

The relationship of Spanish families with technology is paradoxical. On the one hand, four out of ten parents consider that screens are a common source of conflicts with their children and 74% believe that technology has linked them little or nothing with them. But, on the other hand, 66% of parents recognize that screens are having a favorable role in the management of family activity. These are some of the main conclusions of the study "Impact of screens on family life", presented today by Empantallados and GAD3.

The report, which has the support of "For a Love Love of Technology" of Orange, collects that cyberbullying and the relationship with strangers are the main risks faced by their children in the digital environment. They are closely followed by access to inappropriate content, the loss of time and the overexposure of their image.

However, as explained by Charo Sábado, researcher on minors and technology and dean of the School of Communication at the University of Navarra, "although the contact of a stranger and cyberbullying are the main problems according to the parents in this study, the truth is that it is really that it is much more likely that our children are overexposing their identity to contact them an unknown. " "Another concern – he continues – is the loss of time … We have to see not only the use, but the context of use, that is, what they do in that time." There is no need to put half an hour of use, which is the solution simpler, but be there with them. "

Regarding protection measures, only four out of ten parents use parental controls, since the majority – 74% – is committed to implementing norms for the use of screens in the home and seeks to accompany them in the digital environment.

Regarding the appropriate age to have the first screen, Most families consider that 10 years old is a good age to deliver the first tablet to their children and at 13 the mobile phone. But when asked about their personal experience, 39% of parents felt that the first cell phone arrived too early.

The main reasons are the problems that cause children to stop being connected. However, one out of every three parents interviewed recognizes that they use technology excessively and do not recognize themselves as a good model for their children. And that is the problem: "The example is the only way and first of all we have to give it," says Narciso Vichavila, of GAD3.

And, above all, "you have to replace the word digital control with accompaniment", says Pia García Simón, from Empantallados.

Opinion shared by Gustavo Entrala, expert in Innovation and Branding: "I worry about digital hangovers, that parents act in a protectionist way, cutting networks … because it is not our future that of our children and if you have a superhero -digital- at home, what you have to do is cultivate your powers ".

Now, "we must be alert to digital addictions," said Alberto San Juan, general director of the Family and the Minor of the Community of Madrid. "Since we opened the center – he continues -, We have served 1,700 families worried about technological addictions"Therefore," we should not think about how old we give our children's mobile or tablet, but give the mobile when parents are ready to explain what it is for, how it is used, etc. "In short, accompany them.


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