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[*] Post 514348 posted on 15-8-2018 at 12:59 Reply With Quote
Mobile phones linked to child drownings



https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/aug/15/parents-fixated-by-phones-linked-to-child-drownings-in-germany





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German lifeguards have issued a warning that a growing number of child drownings this summer are linked to their parents’ obsession with mobile phones. More than 300 people have drowned in Germany this year, with hardly a day passing during the current heatwave when a swimmer has not died. The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) – the biggest organisation of its kind in the world, providing 40,000 volunteer lifeguards at German beaches, lakes and the coast – has made a direct connection between children getting into difficulty in the water and parents being too busy on their mobile phones to notice. “Too few parents and grandparents are heeding the advice: when your children and grandchildren are in the water, put your smartphone away,” Achim Wiese, the DLRG’s spokesman, said. “We’re experiencing on a daily basis that people treat swimming pools like a kindergarten and simply don’t pay attention,” added Peter Harzheim of the German federation of swimming pool supervisors. “In the past, parents and grandparents spent more time with their children in the swimming pool. But increasing numbers of parents are fixated by their smartphones and are not looking left or right, let alone paying attention to their children,” he told German media. “It’s sad that parents behave so neglectfully these days.”



Beggars belief tbh.
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[*] Post 514353 posted on 15-8-2018 at 13:42 Reply With Quote


Sadly, does not surprise me at all. Too many parents are so wrapped up in their own little world, of which social media has become a large part, that they would not even know if young "Johnny" or "Mary" has set fire to the house!

THe answer, of course, is to restrict the usage of such devices.....Fat chance of that happening!
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[*] Post 514358 posted on 15-8-2018 at 16:57 Reply With Quote


It's when they cross the road and don't even glance for traffic that gets me.

Although, seeing them walk into things, whilst not looking, can be quite tittersome...
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