Friday, 5th June 2020

Child struggling to limit parents' screen time

A NINE-YEAR-OLD has admitted defeat in trying to limit his device-obsessed parents to three or four hours’ screen time a day. 

Ellie Shaw has tried every trick in the book to tear her mum and dad away from their television, laptops, tablets and phones, without success.

She said: “Even when we’re out in the park on a lovely sunny spring day, they’re both walking along buried in their phones. They’re obsessed.

“Day or night they’re staring at their screens. Not only is it making them grumpy and uncommunicative, they never get anything done.

“I go to bed and I know they’ll be straight on Netflix for the whole evening. I wake up and they’re already on Facebook. What happened to real human interaction?

“I’m at my wits’ end. I’ve hidden their phone chargers and they got new ones within hours. I changed their passwords and Dad spent a panicked morning on to Apple support. It’s beyond a joke.

“My friend Olivia told me she managed to stop it by getting her dad’s phone and tweeting something inflammatory about immigration. He never ever uses it any more.”