Modern Family – 6 in 10 Parents Text Their Kids When Dinner is Ready, Instead of Talking

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by StudyFinds.

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, but nearly six in 10 (59%) parents say they often text their kids to come downstairs for dinner instead of actually talking to them.

A survey of 2,000 parents of school-age children found the average kid will receive their first smartphone at 10 years old. While tech continues to evolve, some things stay the same as the average parent says they were 11 years old when they got their first piece of personal tech, such as a desktop computer or laptop.

Seven in 10 (70%) parents say they trust their kids with tech, even though two-thirds (66%) have put parental controls on all their children’s devices for security. Six in 10 (62%) also believe tech is beneficial for kids’ social skills.

Parents say they decided to give their youngsters a smartphone to use for emergency purposes (55%) to help them gain tech skills for their future work (47%), and because they showed the maturity to own one (46%).

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Cricket Wireless, the survey also revealed that two-thirds (67%) think their kids will have access to tech no matter how strict they are.

Source: StudyFinds

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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