The smartphone - devilish device or handy babysitter?

How much smartphone use is right for your child?

Most of us know the feeling: the guilty conscience when we remember how often our kids use their phones. But how much is right for your child?

How much smartphone use is right for your child?

Most of us know the feeling: the guilty conscience when we remember how often our kids use their phones. But how much is right for your child?

Most of us know the feeling: the guilty conscience when we remember how often our kids use their phones. Particularly us moms, because of course we know all about the studies proving how harmful smartphones are to little ones. After all,

1. they don't stimulate all five senses,
2. they don't encourage movement and
3. they counteract a child’s imagination. 

But let's admit it: how often are we grateful as parents that these things exist? When you get an important call, when you want to cook without anyone getting under your feet, during an endless car journey, in a restaurant... It's true: as parents, we do “misuse” smartphones as our own electronic babysitters. Just like our own parents did with the TV when we were kids. But are these things really so terrible? Do we really have to feel bad for treating ourselves to the occasional break before we get back to work building another Lego tower or laying out another puzzle with our kids? And when it comes to using devices, wouldn’t it be better if we took a good look at ourselves first? After all, no sooner have we snatched our kids’ phones out of their hands than we’re back on our own, sending a text, quickly checking Facebook or reading the news. How’s that for inconsistency?

The smartphone - devilish device or handy babysitter?
How much smartphone use is right for your child?

We find ourselves caught in a dilemma, trapped in a constant balancing act between our guilty conscience and the sense that we’re preparing our kids for the digital future. Let’s absolve ourselves of guilt once and for all and just relax! As long as your kids would still rather play soccer with the neighbors’ kids or brush their dolls’ hair with their best friend, everything is as it should be. That's a promise! 

An article by:
Familianistas:
Nicole Gutschalk und Andrea Bornhauser
Our favorite thing is to take our children exploring in the most beautiful spots around our home city of Zurich. Together, we run the online platform familianistas.ch, where we share fashion, lifestyle, food and travel tips with modern families.
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