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Parents, is your mobile usage risking your child’s safety?

June 6th to 12th is Child Safety Week in the UK. Child Safety Week is  run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and highlight how they can be prevented. It’s a great opportunity to stop and think about the potential dangers to our babies, toddlers and children and to take action to minimise the risks.

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Shockingly, new research by the CAPT has highlighted how parents “mesmerised” by their mobile phones are risking their children’s safety. A whopping two-thirds (69%) of parents who were surveyed said they are distracted by their phones And this trend is heightened with younger parents who have grown up with technology. Worryingly, 40% of parents under 35 admitted that their child has experienced an accident or near-miss while they’ve been focused on their mobile. Yikes.

At this point, I feel compelled to stress that we only update this blog when our child is asleep!

Where children themselves have phones, they too have reported being distracted at important times, such as crossing the road.

Focusing on child safety

That’s why we think the focus on child safety is brilliant, particularly with this years theme of “turn off technology for safety“. The child safety week website has loads of great resources and downloads to look at and play with our children.

 

They are well worth a download! They’re free!

 

Hopefully this post will all make us stop and think a little about the importance on focusing on what’s important when caring for our children, and leave the facebook updates for when they are in bed.

 

Cuddle Fairy

 

4 comments for “Parents, is your mobile usage risking your child’s safety?

  1. June 8, 2016 at 6:35 am

    What a terrifying statistic. Though I do check my phone at home occasionally, I never do when out. Always fear I’ll lose sight of A or something will happen! #bloggerclubuk

  2. June 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Wow, that is a worrying percentage. I am guilty of using my phone a bit but I don’t let myself get ‘mesmerised’ by it when my little boy is awake. It’s scary to think we could be putting our kids in danger by being distracted on our phones. Thanks for sharing this info.xz #bloggerclubuk

    • June 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Yeah, it’s scary. Great that child safety week is highlighting it and making us think.

  3. randommusings29
    June 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I had no idea that the amount of parents who’s children have had accidents whilst they were on the phone would be so high. That really is scary. I’m not a parent so I don’t have that problem, but I admit there’s been times I’ve crossed roads while texting or tweeting without thinking
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂
    Debbie

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