Have you noticed a child trying to get a parent's attention when the parent is using a cell phone or computer? It is eerily similar to a parent trying to get a child's attention when the child is watching a video or playing a video game. Parents can discipline their kids for lack of paying attention--they can limit computer or TV time. What can kids do when their parents are too connected to their digital toys?
The New York Times (via MSNBC.com) gives several examples of why it's not a good idea for parents to stay connected constantly. Or rather when they are more connected to their iPhone than they are to their kids. And they talk about kids making their parents interact with them instead of a screen. In my practice it's usually the parents complaining about the childrens' addictions to electronic devices. Maybe the tables are turning or at least equalizing.
An interesting problem: If parents are constantly or frequently checking their email or sending texts, will this interfere with good parenting? Will social networking begin and end at the computer and not include families?
What's your opinion? The conversation continues with you.