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Pictures Of Parents On Phones Ignoring Their Kids

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"OMG, Madelyn loves the swings"

I know I’m guilty of losing watch over my kids when we take a trip to the playground. Which is why I may bring the phone with me, but I try to leave it in the car when we’re playing.

The hard part is the iPhone is also my camera. So I take it out to grab a great shot of the boys at the water park and … next thing you know I’m 5 tweets deep into a discussion.

I try not to be “that Dad,” but sometimes it happens.

We know we shouldn’t do it, but damn those phones are addictive. Now other parents with smart phones are spying on you not spying on your kids. Parents on Phones is a tumblog with the tag line “the culture of mobile phones, and parental neglect.”

Guilty parents and their pics, after the jump.

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Parents On Phones Tumblog Pictures Ignoring Their Kids


There's nothing like a sunny summer mother/son/phone lunch on the grass.

Image Credit Parents On Phones

How are you when you’re out with your kids? Is the phone in your pocket, or your hand? Are you always actively engaged with your kids, or do you drift off into the web?

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6 thoughts on “Pictures Of Parents On Phones Ignoring Their Kids

  1. Crystal T says:

    I am always engaged with my son when we are out playing. But, like you I will take my phone out to take pics and send it to my husband if he is not there or I will try to call him to meet up with us. I also take my phone out several times to check the time because during very hot days I don’t allow my son to be out in the sun for a very long time so as nerdy as it sounds I time it. Ha! I don’t think it’s fair for people to take parents pics for being on their phones because they may be doing something like me that takes only a second and then playing with their kids the rest of the time.

  2. Kacy Faulconer says:

    I just hope the kids of the parents spying on the parents on phones are getting enough personal attention while they are at the children’s science museum. That would be so sad if they weren’t. Maybe I’ll start a Tumblog about it.

  3. Kristin @kdwald says:

    I don’t know. I don’t have a smartphone (yet), so I’m not quite as phone-addicted as some people I know (yet), but it’s not really fair to post a bunch of photos of people implying that they are ignoring their kids. I’m sure (as the author mentions) that most of us could easily be these parents at any time. It just depends on when someone snaps the photo (with their phone, while ignoring their kids).

    (And the backpack on the NYC subway photo is photoshopped.)

  4. Amanda says:

    I bring the phone the same places I would bring a book (swimming lessons, extracurriculars and yes at the park). I’m usually reading on my kindle app. Don’t judge what I’m doing.

  5. cattye says:

    Maybe it’s just me… I have no interest in using my phone to surf the net.
    “let me tweet this first” is insane.
    “Yeah Uh Huh” – the kid could be asleep… what else is there to do?
    And why is everyone assuming that who ever took the photos is a parent?

  6. julie says:

    The bus picture… Omg I laughed so hard. I feel bad for the baby but seriously that was the funniest thing.

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