Eyewitness News (New York - WABC, May 9, 2007) - Lots of parents are hooked on their Blackberries 24/7 and won't turn them off -- even for their families. And that's creating a new generation of resentful children.
Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang explains why parents need to tune out the Blackberry and turn their attention back to their kids.
Elizabeth Bingham is a businesswoman who checks her Blackberry a lot during the day, but not as much as she used to. Elizabeth is also a mom, and her kids got fed up with her gadget obsession!
To keep the family peace, Elizabeth now limits her time on this hand-held device. In fact, experts say many kids are competing against the Blackberry for family time with mom and dad. Parents may be there physically, but mentally they've checked out -- and kids know it. So, as more communication gadgets make their way into the family home, experts say ground rules must be set for parents.
Parenting coach Elizabeth Pflaum adds children should be treated with the same respect you give to business associates.
And unless it's a business emergency, try not to pick up your Blackberry until you're kids are in bed.
Also, don't use your Blackberry while driving or walking across the street. Experts say kids worry about their parents safety when they see them using these gadgets and doing something that requires concentration.
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