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