Saturday 20 January 2018

Judith Wood: I feel ashamed for leaving my child glued to a gadget that was making her miserable

Experts have issued a warning about allowing babies and toddlers to access tablet computers for several hours a day
Experts have issued a warning about allowing babies and toddlers to access tablet computers for several hours a day

Judith Wood

NOT so long ago, my daughter trailed into the sitting room and thrust her iPod Touch into my hands. "What is it now?" I demanded wearily. "Do you want me to update it or reboot it or pay for more apps involving panicky little men pursued by angry monkeys? Because, really, you spend far too much time . . ." – and then I caught sight of her pale face and noticed her air of droopiness.

"Please take it away," she said. "It's making me depressed. If I'm on it for too long, I feel really sad. I don't know why, but I do."

I tell this story not by way of self-congratulation at my child's emotional intelligence. Quite the reverse – I feel ashamed that I allowed my 10-year-old to be glued to a screen for so long that it actually made her miserable.

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