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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Parents forced to compete with new gadgets

Parents fear they are being replaced by gadgets in their children's lives, research has found.

Almost half of the parents taking part in the study said communication with their children has been affected by technology.

A third admitted that they had to compete with games consoles and online social networking for their children's attention.

And more than a quarter (28pc) feel redundant and hurt by the lack of involvement in their child's life.

Evaluating the findings of the UK study, psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos said families should "spend time together doing face-to-face activities".

She said: "Just an hour a day interacting as a family can boost confidence and improve verbal communication.

"Because this level of technology was not present when we were growing up, it's important to use it in a way that enriches our family life as opposed to using it to the detriment of other ways of communicating with each other."

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