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Parent Mobile Phone Use in Playgrounds: A Paradox of Convenience

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School of Public Health, Curtin University, Perth 6845, WA, Australia
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Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health, School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth 6845, WA, Australia
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Received: 17 October 2020 / Revised: 4 December 2020 / Accepted: 5 December 2020 / Published: 10 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child Injury and the Determinants of Health)
Creating social and physical environments that promote good health is a key component of a social determinants approach. For the parents of young children, a smartphone offers opportunities for social networking, photography and multi-tasking. Understanding the relationship between supervision, mobile phone use and injury in the playground setting is essential. This research explored parent mobile device use (MDU), parent–child interaction in the playground, parent attitudes and perceptions towards MDU and strategies used to limit MDU in the playground. A mixed-methods approach collected naturalistic observations of parents of children aged 0–5 (n = 85) and intercept interviews (n = 20) at four metropolitan playgrounds in Perth, Western Australia. Most frequently observed MDU was scrolling (75.5%) and telephone calls (13.9%). Increased duration of MDU resulted in a reduction in supervision, parent–child play and increased child injury potential. The camera function offered the most benefits. Strategies to prevent MDU included turning to silent mode, wearing a watch and environmental cues. MDU was found to contribute to reduced supervision of children, which is a risk factor for injury. This is an emerging area of injury prevention indicating a need for broader strategies addressing the complex interplay between the social determinants and the developmental younger years. View Full-Text
Keywords: social determinants; children; child-play; mobile phone; injury; supervision social determinants; children; child-play; mobile phone; injury; supervision
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Bury, K.; Jancey, J.; Leavy, J.E. Parent Mobile Phone Use in Playgrounds: A Paradox of Convenience. Children 2020, 7, 284. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7120284

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Bury K, Jancey J, Leavy JE. Parent Mobile Phone Use in Playgrounds: A Paradox of Convenience. Children. 2020; 7(12):284. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7120284

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Bury, Keira, Jonine Jancey, and Justine E. Leavy. 2020. "Parent Mobile Phone Use in Playgrounds: A Paradox of Convenience" Children 7, no. 12: 284. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7120284

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