Saturday 21 April 2018

Internet-addicted kids are mini-mes of mum and dad

We've taught our children by example to be internet fanatics, writes Sarah Caden but maybe fines will force us to protect them online

Safety: Giving smartphones to children is storing up problems (stock photo)
Safety: Giving smartphones to children is storing up problems (stock photo)

Last week, a UK blogger called Sarah Cantwell gave birth to her second daughter. It was a home birth and if you were one of the 62,000 people who tuned in to watch her livestreaming it on the internet, you'll know that she had a daughter, Maeve.

"It's quite crazy how many people were watching," Cantwell said afterwards. "I was only really expecting my friends and maybe some family to tune in."

There was a time when we'd have thought the whole thing was crazy, and not the crazy-amazing way Cantwell means. We'd have thought it was crazy that anyone who knew her would want to watch, never mind tens of thousands of strangers.

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