As parents, we all know that excessive screen time is bad for children. In fact, a recent study even tells us that it can lead to brain damage. This should be a serious warning for all of us to ensure that our kids do not stay stuck using their mobile devices all too often.
But have you ever imagined the negative effects if the roles are reversed? Some parents are guilty of spending too much time on their phones, too, right? And how exactly are the children affected when that happens?
Well a global survey gives us the answers.
Conducted by AVG Technologies, the said survey was answered by over 6,000 children from Brazil, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States. The participants were composed of youngsters ages 8 to 13 years old.
According to the survey, 52% of children think their parents spend a lot of time on their mobile phones.
The results further tell us that 54% of parents agreed they feel like they are indeed setting a bad example for their children in terms of mobile device usage.
What’s even more heartbreaking is the fact that 32% of children said they feel unimportant when parents use mobile phones while eating, talking, watching TV, and playing outdoors.
One parent admitted:
“I do feel like the balance between the degree to which I use my mobile device to stay connected to work and my ability to be more present, available to my family, is quite out of balance.”
25% of parents likewise said that they hoped their kids used devices less.
As AVG Technologies Senior Security Evangelist Tony Anscombe explained:
“With our kids picking up mobile devices at an increasingly younger age, it is really important that we set good habits within the home, early on.
“Children take their cues from us for everything else, so it is only natural that they should do the same with device use.”
Meanwhile, a similar research done by by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference tells us that among 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds, 82% felt devices shouldn’t be used during meal times and 22% have said that excessive mobile usage have “stopped their families from enjoying each other’s company”.
DAUK co-founder Emma Robertson commented:
“We hope these findings will be a wake-up call for families and motivate them to have serious conversations about the safe and healthy use of technology.”
Dad Creates Epic Artwork on Lunch Bags to Help Son Make Friends
The best dad ever!
When we were still kids, parents would make sure that we had everything we needed before going to school - one of which was our lunch bags. Dominick, a dad hailing from California, is among those parents who take pride in preparing lunch for their kids. But mind you, he does it in a very different way.
For over 4 years, Dominick has been drawing on his son’s brown paper lunch bags. And mind you, his drawings are a work of art. According to him, he has managed to decorate more or less 550 bags. It is really amazing how passionate and determined he is.
Although his son is already in middle school, Dominick still continues to prepare and decorate his lunch bags. There was even a time when he decorated all lunch bags for his son’s soccer games when it was their turn to prepare snacks. For other people, breakfast might be the most important meal of a day but for Dominick, it is, without a doubt, lunch!
Check out the drawings below and be inspired by his creativity!...
Yakuza Boss Arrested After Photos of His Striking Tattoos Went Viral
The meaning behind each one of his very distinctive tattoos are intriguing.
Tattoos are forever, unless you will have your ink lasered out. For members of the Yakuza, in particular, tattoos are indeed for life. Unfortunately, if you're a Yakuza hiding from the law, your ink can get you into trouble.
Yakuza boss Shigeharu Shirai learned this the hard way when he got arrested after pictures of his tattoos spread on social media. Shirai, who has been hiding for 14 years in Thailand, is a suspect for the shooting of Kashihiko Otobe, the deputy leader of a rival gang.
Shirai escaped from the Japanese authorities in 2003 and hid in Thailand, where he got married and settled down to a peaceful life.
However, his tattoo will become his undoing. A local person took a photo of Shirai, who was playing checkers during that time, and shared it on Facebook. The person had no idea of the old man's identity and thus innocently placed a caption on the photo....
Sea Turtles Are Turning Female Because of Rising Temperatures
The warmer the temperature is, the bigger probability that hatchlings will turn female.
Here's a fascinating tidbit about sea turtles - their gender depends on temperature. The warmer the temperature is, the bigger probability that hatchlings will turn female. Because of global warming, the number of female sea turtles are increasing dramatically.
According to the study of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California State University and Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia,:
"Combining our results with temperature data show that the northern GBR green turtle rookeries have been producing primarily females for more than two decades and that the complete feminisation of this population is possible in the near future."