In a recent article posted on The Mirror website titled, “Girl aged four is Britain’s youngest-known iPad addict”, Gemma Aldridge discusses how a 4 year old girl from Britain is receiving psychiatric treatment for compulsive behavior due to the fact she was becoming obsessed with playing games on her iPad. In the article Ms. Aldridge states that psychiatrist Dr. Richard Graham, from London’s Capio Nightingale Clinic, is treating the 4 year old. Here is a link to one of Dr. Graham’s articles titled “Too Much of a Good Thing,” which discusses children in regards to addictive behavior and technology.
While both articles look at opposite sides of the issue of technology addiction, the message about parenting in this digital age is very clear. Ms. Aldridge sums it up quite well when she states, “It should also be a wake-up call for parents that what children really need is good adult role models who interact with them…instead of being too busy checking their own texts and Facebook pages.”