‘People just need to be willing to change, to just take a step back and see the negative effects of technology addiction on all aspects of life, be it at home or at work.
Goya also said that adults too often set a bad example: ‘Speaking from my own experience, I feel that adults are not setting good enough role models for their children to follow when it comes to using technology intelligently, so I hope that this film will reach out to adults as well as teens.’
A survey by HMC and Digital Awareness UK of over 5,000 pupils and parents on the impact on families of the use of digital devices found that:
• Children’s biggest worry about being online is lack of sleep.
• Parents’ biggest concern about their children being online is the impact on their social skills
• 36% of children have asked their parents to stop checking their mobile devices
• 22% of students felt that the use of mobile devices stopped their families from enjoying each other’s company and 82% of children say meal times should be device-free
• 95% of parents reported that they do not use mobile devices at meal-times (but 14% of children said their parents were on-line at meal-times and 42.44% of them felt ignored or annoyed by it)
• 43% of parents thought they spent too much of their own time online. 21% of parents report being online for 6-10 hours during an average working day and 37% say they are online between 3 and 5 hours a day at weekends. 5% are online between ten and 15 hours at weekends
• 72% of students said they spent 3-10 hours on-line on an average day during weekends and holidays. 11% are online between 10 and 15 hours a day and 3% say they are online 16-20 hours a day during those periods.