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A public education campaign to increase social connections
What happens to a child during the early years can have effects that last a lifetime. Science tells us that 80% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of 3. Every interaction in a young child’s life – with a parent or caregiver, at a park or at school – helps to build the connections that determine how children learn, think and grow.
In today’s world of smart phones and digital gadgets, new research is revealing a sobering reality. Parents are often too “plugged in” to pay attention to their own children. The lack of quality interaction, or “digital distractedness”, can have a lasting, negative impact on children.
Take a look at some research:
- Highlights Magazine conducted a survey in 2014 called the “State of the Kids Survey,” which found that “62 percent of kids think parents are too distracted to listen.”
- A 2014 study published in Pediatrics observed that 40 out of 55 caregivers used their mobile device during meals at fast food restaurants and 16 used the device almost continuously.
In response to this new but increasingly common issue, representatives from Long Beach Abuse and Neglect Network (LBCANN), informed by the parents and community members at Best Start Central Long Beach, have come together to create an innovative public education campaign to increase awareness about “digital distractedness.” Through this campaign, they invite all parents and caregivers to unplug. Read more