From the 6-12 June is Child Safety Week in the UK. The theme for this year is “Turn off technology!”

This theme aims to raise awareness of the dangers of using technology and how this can cause accidents in children. Smartphones are the main cause of distraction, therefore causing more risk to children. Even a small distraction and lack of concentration when looking after small children can result in a serious injury.

The campaign aims to encourage parents to switch off their mobiles phones for periods of time during the day, so that their full attention and focus is on their children. Parents are often extremely busy and having one less thing to distract you can make all the difference. This behaviour also encourages children to think about when they need to be concentrating to keep themselves safer too.

Reducing accidents involving children

Research by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has shown that 25% of parents admit that their child has had a near accident or accident whilst they have been distracted by their mobile phone. 69% of parents also admitted that they often get distracted by their mobile phone and around 77% said they check calls or texts as soon as they get home.

And it doesn’t stop there. The research has also shown that mobile phones can have detrimental effect on the concentration of children themselves, with around 15% of children having a near accident or accident whilst using their mobile phone.

Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of CAPT commented; “Mobile phones are a godsend for parents under pressure – we can do the shopping, keep in touch with family and friends, and keep our children entertained. But while we’re mesmerised by our mobile phones, we’re putting children in danger. Serious accidents happen in seconds, often while we’re distracted, and mobiles are seriously distracting. That’s why we’re encouraging families to turn off technology at pressure points during the day, to help keep children safe.”

At Freeclaim Solicitors we support Child Safety Week and the work by the Child Accident Prevention Trust. Anything we can do to reduce the risks of accidents to children is welcomed, and we believe parents should realise how distracting their mobile phones can be, as well as the consequences of using them and not giving full attention to their children.

If your child has been involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault, our compassionate solicitors are here to help you. You can call us 24 hours a day on 0800 612 7340.