Families urged to ditch technology this half-term

Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by KCFM

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There are concerns that families aren’t spending enough time together without the use of technology.

A study shows that nearly half of young people in the region will spend four hours per day on social media during the school break.

Dr Aric Sigman says it’s vital young people interact with people face to face: “Young people in particular are hard-wired to look at and interact with other people, whether you happen to be in the East Riding or whether you happen to be in Tokyo, that is a truism about young people. They need to rehearse those skills, particularly with people who care about them, as we know that’s good for their mental health.”

He says families should have a ‘technology basket’ in the house: “At dinner time for example, or Sunday lunchtime, you turn your phones off, put them in a corner and sit down and eat together, so there isn’t any interruption. In other words, creating the time and the space by having buffer zones, cordoning off areas of the house, where it’s just family and it’s just face to face.”

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Published: Monday 26th October 2015 by KCFM

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