I was doing some yard work in the front recently and on the same afternoon noticed on two different occasions young mothers walking along the sidewalk with their toddlers in tow. As is often the case with children at that age, they were chatting away about all the wonderful things they saw around them. But the mothers were oblivious because they were completely absorbed by their cell phones, staring at them as they walked along.
This is rather sad because very young children can be a source of great enjoyment because through them you once again get a sense of the wonder of the world that it is so easy to take for granted. They also often say the most amusing things and if you are not paying attention, then you miss out. Even worse, children learn a lot by chatting with adults and by not talking with them, you are denying them that opportunity. I wonder how long it will take for the toddlers to realize that the adult is not paying attention to them and stop talking.
I then heard this item on NPR about apps that send alerts to parents locked into their cell phones to not only remind them to talk to their children but also how better to talk to them.
I suppose that is a good thing but find it a little sad that we need to be reminded to talk to our on children. Surely children are deserving of at least the same respect as adults. It would be obviously rude for some to stare at their phone screen and ignore an adult who is talking to them. Why would we do that to children?