Report: UK parents say children are 'addicted to smartphones and tablets'

A new poll of parents in the UK suggests that almost 50 per cent of young people aged 18 or below are addicted to their smartphone or tablet. The Daily Mail reported that the survey of 1,056 parents by consultancy ComRes for Channel 4 News found that some 47 per cent of parents said their children spend too much time in front of their screens, while 43 per cent saw it as a form of emotional dependency. The poll also found that 59 per cent of parents use the devices as punishment or reward. It added that children spend an average of almost three hours a day in front of screens, playing games, watching videos or trawling through social media sites. Article