Thousands Of Children Start School ‘Not Ready For The Classroom’, Parents’ Smartphone Habits To Blame

‘Kids know how to swipe a phone but haven’t a clue about conversations.’

Andrew Teale, headteacher at St Paul’s Church of England Primary School and National Leader of Education explains in this Huffington Post article “we have to find ways to use technology healthily to promote language development and interaction skills.”

With chatta, we’ve found the new way. We support language development through building practitioner expertise and strengthening partnerships with parents and carers.

Anastasia Dewaal, chair of charity Family Lives points out a significant change in parent behaviour which is causing an impact on child development “Constantly looking at our mobile phones has become part of our natural behaviour, and it is interesting to see that this is feeding into our roles as parents,” she said.

“Many parents won’t be able to spend as much time talking to their kids as they’d like due to difficult circumstances and work commitments, but for many parents who are actually present we are being distracted by our phones and this study has shown that is impacting on our children”

“It is a modern day peril and we really do need to ensure we’ve got our smartphone habits in check.

At chatta we support the use of smartphones. We believe they are the most powerful tool in supporting strong partnerships and effective practitioners.