How screens are reinventing family relationships

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PSYCHOLOGY – Is the use of digital tools a brake or a facilitator in parent / child relationships?

By Laure Dasinieres

The current parents may be “digital natives” but they try to regulate the use of screens by their offspring.
The current parents may be “digital natives” but they try to regulate the use of screens by their offspring. 193830434 / leszekglasner – stock.adobe.com

Nearly seven hours a day: between home schooling, entertainment and sociability, this is the time spent on screens by 6-12 year olds during confinement, according to a study whose preliminary results were published in June. As for the “millennials”, they would have spent nearly three hours staring at their smartphone …

Figures that can be frightening: current parents may be “digital natives” (born with digital tools) or “early adopters” (who developed digital uses in their childhood or adolescence), there are many a fear of “screens”, seen as a harmful whole, regardless of media and uses. In question?

From time immemorial, juvenile practices (comics, rock’n’roll, video games, etc.) have been criticized for disrupting school and family institutions.

Barbara Fontar, sociologist.

Erroneous beliefs relayed with great noise in the media and, more deeply, adults’ mistrust of new cultural practices. “Historically, juvenile practices (comics, rock’n’roll, video games, etc.) have been criticized as disrupting educational institutions.

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