Child Safety Week: Parents Mesmerised By Mobile Phones Put Kids In Danger

Parents who are frequently distracted by their mobile phones are putting theirchildren in danger, a new study has revealed.

One in four parents admitted their child has had an accident or “near miss” while they were engrossed by their phones, according to a survey of 2,000 parents by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) for Child Safety Week

The CAPT warn that a baby can drown or be seriously burnt in the same amount of time it takes to check a text.

“Serious accidents happen in seconds, often while we’re distracted, and mobiles are seriously distracting,” CAPT chief executive, Katrina Phillips said.

“That’s why we’re encouraging families to turn off technology at pressure points during the day, to help keep children safe.”