Smart Phones at Night

Smart Phones keep children awake at night and adversely affect learning in school

There has been some interesting media attention to the problem of tablet-addicted children who struggle to stay awake in school because they are not getting enough sleep. Research suggests that some 80% of children admitted they sleep at home with a smart phone or tablet computer nearby, and a third said they pretend to be asleep but play on their devices after their parents have gone to bed. Children who are sleep deprived do less well academically, show more problem behaviour and have lower levels of social skills. Our social media habits are such that these may not be easy ‘battles’ to win at home, but the issue is one parents should consider and tackle if concerned