An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.
More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.
And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it.
The research was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.
Among the pupils:
- 82% felt meal times should be device-free
- 22% said the use of mobiles stopped their families enjoying each other’s company
- 36% had asked their parents to put down their phones
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